|6.3 Logical research means the investigation of all regularity. And outside of logic all is accident.|
|World War II erupts. Professor of philosophy Ludwig Wittgenstein seeks work that is more meaningful than academic talk: as orderly in an ambulance brigade, as janitor in a hospital. Through John Ryle he finds work as a dispensary porter at Guy's Hospital, London, during the Blitz. He becomes pharmacy technician, preparing skin ointments.
Ludwig joins the research team of Dr R.T. Grant looking into the clinical differences in traumatic shock, complexities that the diagnostic label seems to disguise. Wittgenstein moves to Newcastle in April 1942 to work further on these researches, cutting and staining frozen sections of tissue, devising a better tool for measuring pulse pressure.
Wittgenstein does not easily fit in with the team members, the hospital staff. He walks occasionally with Basil Reeve, but breaks with him when Reeve wants to spend more time with his wife and child.
Dr E.G. Bywaters: "I remember him as an enigmatic, noncommunicating, perhaps rather depressed person who preferred the deck chair in his room to any social encounters."
Ludwig: "My unhappiness is so complex that it is difficult to describe. But probably the main thing is still loneliness."