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But its truth seemed inevitable because of the simplicity which would result. I did not want to spend my efforts proving this. I was worried far more with resolving the ambiguity in the solutions in conservative cases. So, January 5, 2011 11:30 16 Nov. –Dec. 1947 XXIII Jan. 1948 Feb. –March 1948 Reprint volume: A Scientific Autobiography ... A Scientific Autobiography: S. Chandrasekhar Frances computed (it took a solid week and more) some standard solutions and the results convinced me that I was along the right lines.
During this summer, I thought I had finally resolved the question of deriving Kolmogoroff’s law from my theory. The necessary integrations were carried out and I had the matter settled in my own mind before leaving for Los Alamosf and Guanajato. At Los Alamos I spoke about my theory and Marshall Rosenbluth in particular seemed convinced and interested. And during my absence Donna started on the long calculations of overstability. ) On returning from Mexico, I started on the accumulated Mathematical Reviews.
And the moment this idea occurred, it was clear to me that a very large and fertile domain was open for study and investigation. In my seminar the week following, I was able to present the entire basic theory of the inhibition of convection by a magnetic field. Osterbrock was clearly very excited about it. I called Fermi and made an appointment to show him what I had done. I was most encouraged by Fermi’s reaction. In fact, I talked about it at the Institute seminar that afternoon and Fermi made some nice comments.