[PW] 1950-era novel about a physicist

Mark Halpern solomons1pal at aol.com
Sun Jul 21 19:56:59 PDT 2019

Dear Colleagues,

   I have just received this plea from a good friend, a mathematician/physicist who has held responsible positions in national laboratories:
  When I was in about the 8th grade, I read a novel which centered around a young guy who was a physicist.  I remember nothing more about it other than that I liked it a lot.  I don’t remember the plot (a mystery?), the title, the author’s name, nothing else.  It made being a physicist sound both interesting and, for me, even glamorous.  I guess that it must have been around 1950 when I read it.  It MAY have been a teenager’s book, but I’m not sure of that, either.
It was only much later in life that I realized that book, plus one or two other things I read in those years, plus my high school course in plane geometry, got me interested in science and math.
Do you think you could contact your research librarians group with such  flimsy clues and see what they come up with, if anything?
I've long been boasting  to this friend about the Wombats; how they manage to find the most remote and forgotten items of information based on the flimsiest of clues, so please validate my boasts, and come up with the name of the book he's seeking!  He and I will be forever grateful!
                            Mark Halpern    (solomons1pal at aol.com)

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