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The following week, when Courant was scheduled to talk on his work 32 1909-1912 before the mathematische Gesellschaft, Koebe announced at the beginning of the meeting that he would also like to talk on the same subject. "Well, we have two gentlemen who wish to talk," said Klein, who was the chairman. " Courant could not object, since Koebe was senior to him.

The difficulty in taking the examination as an outside student can be gauged by the fact that in the group of which he was a member he was the only one to pass. The following year, 1906-07, Richard continued to attend lectures in mathematics and physics at the university. The difference was that now he had official status as a student: after writing an acceptable dissertation and passing an oral examination, he would be able to obtain a doctor's degree. He originally wanted to study physics, he told me.

There was a gala week-long celebration. But Martha continued to be scorned by the Courant sisters. A year later she produced another son, who was named Fritz. There began to be friction in the family about her father's rights. Siegmund, still frustrated by his inferior position in relation to Jakob, decided to leave Lublinitz. He sold his share in "S. Courant" and purchased a business in Glatz, a town in the foothills to the west of Lublinitz. That same year, when Richard was three, a third son, Ernst, was born.

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