Last spring, Xavier’s physics faculty and students picked up a little light summer reading after former physics department chairman John Hart donated more than 600 books from his personal collection to the University. About half went to the library. It didn’t take long for the rest of the books to disappear.
“There were some quite valuable old books you can’t find anymore,” says Steve Herbert, department chair. Herbert picked himself up a real find: “Methods of Theoretical Physics” by Philip Morse and Herman Feshbach, which was last printed in 1953.
But Hart isn’t finished yet. He’s still got three 6-foot tall shelves, and they’re full. “I kept the crème de la crème and gave away the rest,” he says.