Conrad Louis Benoni Shuddemagen mathematical and physics lecture notebooks
- Shudeman, Conrad L.B., 1879-1950. (Person)
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Extent1.7 cubic feet
The notebooks provide insight into the lectures and classroom materials presented in the early twentieth century at Harvard University. Additionally, they reveal the scientific research in mathematics and physics performed while Shudeman was a student at Harvard. The notebooks include sections on mathematics (linear differentials, functional analysis, electricity and magnetism, vector analysis), and physics (radioactivity, photography, wireless telegraphy, physical optics, probability theory, hydrodynamics). Moreover, the notebooks are representative of classes taught by some of the leaders in physics and mathematics in the early twentieth century including Harvard professors Maxime Bôcher (1867-1918), William Elwood Byerly (1849-1935), Benjamin Osgood Peirce (1855-1914), Theodore Lyman (1874-1954), Wallace Clement Sabine (1868-1919), Edwin Herbert Hall (1855-1938), Harry W. Morse (born 1873), and George Washington Pierce (1872-1956).
While at Harvard, Shudeman became interested in Theosophy, a philosophical system seeking knowledge of God and the nature of divinity through mystical insight. Shudeman left the University of Texas and physics and as secretary of the Karma and Reincarnation Legion of Chicago spent the next twenty years of his life promoting Theosophy. Shudeman joined The American Theosophical Society in Chicago, became a member of its Credentials Committee, and organized a lodge in Austin, Texas. He contributed regularly to the journals Reincarnation and The American Theosophist and traveled extensively in the United States lecturing on Theosophy. In 1923, Shudeman traveled to Europe to speak to Theosophy organizations; he visited fourteen countries including Germany, Austria, Holland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, England, and Italy. On June 10, 1928, Shudeman married his second cousin, Elizabeth O. Eberle (1894-1976), a sculptor and artist.
In the early 1930s, Shudeman returned to the study of physics and mathematics, and in 1934 became a member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, studying atomic physics. In 1937, Shudeman accepted a faculty position teaching physics at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. After leaving Florida in 1942, Shudeman taught at several schools including Haverford University, Smith College, Rutgers University, Vassar College, North Dakota State University, and the University of Illinois. While teaching at the University of Illinois, Shudeman suffered an accident on an elevated train and was forced to leave teaching. Shudeman moved to Bartow, Florida, remaining there until his death on March 25, 1950.
* Footnote on family surnames: According to the Unofficial history of the Physics Department at the University of Texas at Austin by Emeritus Professor Melvin Oakes, the spelling of Conrad’s family name, Schuddemagen, was changed by his siblings. It appears Conrad’s brothers adopted the surname Shudde while his sisters assumed the surname Shuddemagen. Conrad’s eight siblings include Walter John Shuddemagen (Shudde), March 24, 1895 – 1990; Henry Edward Shuddemagen (Shudde), July 24, 1885 – April 14, 1970; Louis Otto Shuddemagen (Shudde), August 3, 1890 – January 11, 1983; Emil Gerald Shuddemagen (Shudde), October 22, 1893 – 1987; Lily Clara Shuddemagen (Bryson), April 16, 1883 – February 12, 1983; Louise Caroline Shuddemagen (Holbrook), August 3, 1890 – 1987; Alma Louise Shuddemagen (Kellersberger), March 6, 1888 – October 2, 1976; Ida, lived only six days.
- Accession number: 19287; 2014 February 3.
- Unofficial history of the Physics Department at the University of Texas at Austin by Emeritus Professor Melvin Oakes. http://www.ph.utexas.edu/utphysicshistory/UTexas_Physics_History/Conrad_Ludwig_Benoni_Shuddemagen.html; accessed 10 March 2014.
- Harvard University. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student folders, 1890-1999, C.L.B. Shuddemagen. UAV 161.201.10, Box 98. Harvard University Archives.
This finding aid was created by Dominic P. Grandinetti in March 2014.
- Byerly, William Elwood, 1849 -
- Bôcher, Maxime, 1867-1918.
- Doctoral students.
- Harvard University -- Curricula.
- Harvard University -- Mathematics.
- Harvard University -- Physics.
- Harvard University -- Students.
- Harvard students' notes.
- Lyman, Theodore, 1874-1954.
- Morse, Harry W., 1873 -
- Peirce, B. O. (Benjamin Osgood), 1854-1914.
- Pierce, George Washington, 1872-1956.
- Sabine, Wallace Clement.
- Shuddemagen, Conrad Louis Benoni, 1879-1950.
- Shudeman, Conrad L.B., 1879-1950.
- Shudeman, Conrad L. B., 1879-1950. Conrad Louis Benoni Shuddemagen mathematical and physics lecture notebooks, 1904-1908 : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
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