ACU's Brown Library receives textbooks from colleague of
For Immediate Release
September 3, 1999
One of the top American physicists and colleague of
Albert Einstein, John A. Wheeler, retired physicist from
Princeton University, donated a portion of his collection of
physics books to the Brown Library at Abilene Christian
The donation, a total of 208 books, will be on display in
the library starting in November and continuing through
January. All visitors to the Brown Library can have access
to this display.
According to Harper, ACU receives many generous
"Some of these gifts we pursue, while others just seem to
come from the sky," she said.
This collection of books did "come out of the sky." Along
with the books, the library also received part of the
"Collected Papers" of Einstein and Neils Bohr, another
Dr. Wheeler chose ACU because "(ACU) has a serious
program in physics."
Before he taught at Princeton, he taught 10 years at the
University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Wheeler worked with and
lived near Einstein in the last years of Einstein's
"For Wheeler to think highly enough of our program to
donate these books is quite an honor," Dr. Paul Morris,
professor of physics, said.
According to Morris, who researches the history and
philosophy of physics, the books have enormous historical
"These books are the entire writings of Albert Einstein
and they mainly serve as a historical document that is now
available to students to use," Morris said.
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