1 December 1955
Professor Frank R. Archibald
18 Irving Street
Dear Professor Archibald:
Thank you for your letter and for the copy of LUBRICATION ENGINEERING containing your
article on Professor Sommerfeld.
It looks very good to me. Also, I shall be glad to see a copy of Ernst Sommerfeld's
account of his father. I knew Ernst thirty years ago, and I saw him two years ago.
I also saw Frau Sommerfeld, who died recently. One of the two (I don't remember
which one) said that when Professor Sommerfeld was brought home after the traffic
accident he said "Now I shan't be able to finish my book" - the last volume of the
series of texts on theoretical physics that he was writing.
It was a great privilege for me to have been able to work with Sommerfeld. He was
an extraordinarily able teacher, and I got a great deal out of his lectures.
Dictated by Linus Pauling
Signed in his absence:W