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But now this was the only outstanding problem. So, one weekend I sat down and formulated the basic problem. The basic mathematical problem as formulated in XXI (Sec. 3) was achieved during this weekend. I remember taking Ledoux to Walworth that Sunday morning and expressing my confidence that the problem could be solved. Later in the day, I thought I had it. I called up Henyey to tell him. But on Monday I realized that I had not in fact got it. However, I had accumulated enough confidence, and by Tuesday I knew how to get the solution.

And after explaining to him the case, I told him to frame a “constitution” considering fairly what I had told him. This he did during the afternoon; he showed me his draft “by-laws” at a party in the evening. I agreed that it would be “ok” with the University of Chicago — a strange agreement between two persons neither of whom had any authority. The final agreement which is now on the books is essentially the one to which Lyman and I had arrived at this meeting; and how it came to be is a different story.

And I had the Gibbs lecture to prepare for. But the routine of getting the H-functions computed for the various problems was getting under way. For Rayleigh scattering, they were completed before the Gibbs lecture. In early January, I wrote the Gibbs lecture and towards the end of January, I began to look further ahead . . (Lalitha was ill during this time). According to the program outlined in Paper XIV (Sec. 20), the first problem was that of formulating the equations of transfer for elliptically polarized light.

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