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Karl Darrow talks about trying to find balance between work and life.

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Karl Darrow talks about trying to find balance between work and life.

King:

Well, do you think it's possible to recapture a balance between the humanities and the sciences?

Darrow:

Perhaps, only if we'd start working less. One of the things that I deprecate about the present period is the long hours the physicists work. Part of my well-known aversion to air travel arises from the fact that it has taken from them the days and nights on ships and on trains that used to be gaps in their furious activity. So many stories I have heard like that. One, independently told of Bethe and of Van Vleck: on the return of each from his honeymoon, he said to his wife, "From now on you may have one evening a week. The others I work." Van Vleck has got over that stage, I believe. So far as I know, Bethe has not, but I don’t really know.