Encuentro un texto (nuevo para mí) de Dirac, describiendo su experiencia como estudiante de escuela secundaria, en Merchant Venturer's Technical College (M.V.), la escuela pública donde su padre enseñaba:
The M.V. was an excellent school for science and modem languages. There was no Latin or Greek, something of which I was rather glad, because I did not appreciate the value of old cultures. I consider myself very lucky in having been able to attend the School. I was at the M.V. during the period 1914-18, just the period of the First World War. Many of the boys then left the School for National Service. As a result, the upper classes were rather empty; and to fill the gaps the younger boys were pressed ahead, as far as they were able to follow the more advanced work. This was very beneficial to me: I was rushed through the lower forms, and was introduced at an especially early age to the basis of mathematics, physics and chemistry in the higher forms. In mathematics I was studying from books which mostly were ahead of the class. This rapid advancement was a great help to me in my later career.
The rapid pushing-ahead was a disadvantage from the point of view of Games—which we had on Wednesday afternoons. I played soccer anti cricket, mostly with boys older and bigger than myself, and never had much success. But all through my schooldays, my interest in science was encouraged and stimulated.
It was a great advantage, that the School was situated in the same building as the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College. The College “took over” in the evenings, after the School was finished. The College had excellent laboratories, which were available to the School during the daytime. Furthermore, some of the staff combined teaching in the School in the daytime with teaching in the College in the evenings. (Dirac 1980, p. 9)
Se refiere Dirac, P.A.M. 1980. A little ‘prehistory.’ The Old Cothamian 1980, p. 9. Lo encuentro en el excelente "QED and The Men Who Made It", de Silvan Schweber.
Angel "Java" Lopez