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Science as AutobiographyThe Troubled Life of Niels Jern$
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Thomas Soderqvist

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094411

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094411.001.0001

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“I Have the Feeling That Everything Around Me Is Enveloped in a Mist”

“I Have the Feeling That Everything Around Me Is Enveloped in a Mist”

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Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Niels Jerne's arrival in Copenhagen, bringing with him four chests filled with books. During the following weeks he observed the life of his new hometown with curiosity. Copenhagen looked like a real metropolis. Things seemed “to roll along” better here than back home in the Netherlands, and he was amazed at how well the Danes fared. He approved of the Danish tolerance and coolness and was fascinated by the Danes' democratic temperament; it was not easy to tell a worker by his or her clothes, and restaurant employees were not as deferential as they were at home. Nevertheless, he could not help but notice a certain provinciality—the Danes were “very naive,” he reported back to his friend Kurt.

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, Copenhagen, Netherlands, Danes, Danish tolerance, democratic temperament, provinciality

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