Piet Hein (December 16, 1905–April 17, 1996 / Copenhagen)
He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Copenhagen (later to become the Niels Bohr Institute), and Technical University of Denmark. Yale awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1972. He died in his home on Funen, Denmark in 1996.
He was a direct descendant of Piet Hein, the Dutch naval hero of the 17th century.
Piet Hein, who, in his own words, "played mental ping-pong" with Niels Bohr in the inter-War period, found himself confronted with a dilemma when the Germans occupied Denmark. He felt that he had three choices: Do nothing, flee to "neutral" Sweden or join the Danish resistance ... more »
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- A Maxim for Vikings
- A Psychological Tip
- A Reproof
- A Tip
- A Word of Encouragement
- A Word to the Wise
- About Denmark
- An Ethical Grook
- Ars Brevis
- Constitutional Point
- Good Advice
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''The human spirit sublimatesPiet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. "Hint and Suggestion," Grooks (1966). Admonitory grook addressed to youth.
the impulses it thwarts:
a healthy sex life mitigates
the lust for other sports.''
''They're busy making bigger roads,Piet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. Road Sense, in Grooks (1966).
and better roads and more,
so that people can discover
even faster than before
that everything is everywhere alike.''
''The road to wisdom?Well, it's plainPiet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. "The Road to Wisdom," Grooks (1966).
and simple to express:
and err again
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