I have always loved going to school.
Growing up, mostly in Montreal, I was an only child of loving parents.
Life would be indeed easier if the experimentalists would only pause for a little while!
During my McGill years, I took a number of math courses, more than other students in chemistry.
Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love of concepts and mathematics, was a marvelous experience.
My education at Baron Byng High School was excellent, with dedicated masters (boys and girls were separate).
After a subsequent interview at Brooklyn Poly, I was hired, and life as a fully independent researcher began.
My mother used to wheel me about the campus when we lived in that neighborhood and, as she recounted years later, she would tell me that I would go to McGill.
My interest in the sciences started with mathematics in the very beginning, and later with chemistry in early high school and the proverbial home chemistry set.
After some minor pieces of theoretical study that I worked on, a student in my statistical mechanics class brought to my attention a problem in polyelectrolytes.