John Heilbron: A Distinguished Mind

On Sunday I learned of the passing of John Heilbron. What follows is my attempt to pay tribute to one of my intellectual heroes and, for the last four years, my co-author, collaborator, and friend. This essay is not an obituary – there will be many of these in the coming weeks and months written by professional scholars who knew him much better than I ever could. For those interested in learning more about John’s career, his many awards and honorary degrees, see this post on the UC Berkeley website. Instead, this essay is a recollection of the circumstances which brought us together, and the joy I found in working with him.

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John Heilbron: A Distinguished Mind – by Jim Baggott (