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He was helped by a laboratory assistant called Jim Bamber, whom he later described as: 'one of the very few people with whom I got on well during my Manchester period'. His general irritability at having to dedicate himself to engineering work was compounded by the fiddly nature of the task, and, recalls Bamber, 'his nervous temperament made him the last person to tackle such research': ... for when things went wrong, which often occurred, he would throw his arms about, stamp around and swear volubly in German.
To be sure, woman is interested first and foremost in her own sexual life, but that is really a special case of her 'only vital interest' - 'the interest that sexual unions shall take place; the .. ish that as much of it as possible shall occur, in all cases, places and times'. As an adjunct to his psychological investigation of woman, Weininger has a chapter on Judaism. Again, the Jew is a Platonic idea, a psychological type, which is a possibility (or a danger) for all mankind, 'but which has become actual in the most conspicuous fashion only amongst the Jews'.
Thus was the Weininger cult born. Weininger's suicide seemed to many to be the logical outcome of the argument of his book, and it is primarily this that made him such a cause celebre in pre-war Vienna. His taking of his own life was seen, ~ot as a cowardly escape from suffering, but as an ethical deed, a brave acceptance of a tragic conclusion. It was, according to Oswald Spengler, 'a spiritual struggle', which offered 'one of the noblest *See p. 144. 20 WITTGENSTEIN: THE DUTY OF GENIUS spectacles ever presented by a late religiousness'.