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I gave three lectures: two on stability and one on turbulence. Wentzel sat through these lectures; and when I apologized for the circumstance that required his sitting through them (when each of the subjects had been thrashed out in private with him) he remarked with characteristic generosity, “No! ” scientificbio January 5, 2011 11:30 Turbulence; Hydromagnetism (1948–1960) Summer 1955 Fall 1955 scientificbio Reprint volume: A Scientific Autobiography ... 37 The principal problem in stability to which I now turned my attention was to allow for overstability in case both H and Ω are simultaneously present.
I carried through the details of the calculation during the weekend and Donna started on the new method as one of high priority. It was all completed in one month. I sent the paper to Davenport for the first issue of his Mathematika. This paper presents a critical stage in the development of my ideas in the solution of stability problems. The symposium paper was also written during the same week. With these papers out of the way, the remaining months of the winter and spring were essentially devoted to writing up and completing a number of loose investigations.
A generalization to hydromagnetics was straightforward and I wrote a short note for the Royal Society. All this work on turbulence during 1950 was carried out when the affairs of the Observatory were “critical”. Struve had resigned and Stromgren was to join us in January. And I was carrying out the difficult negotiations relative to the Astrophysical Journal. The latter was in so precarious a stage that the American Astronomical Society had washed their hands off the Astrophysical Journal and decided not to concern themselves with the journal.
A scientific autobiography : S. Chandrasekhar by S Chandrasekhar