M. Waldman has a profound influence upon Victor Frankenstein because of his wide knowledge, as well as his kind encouragement of Victor in his pursuits in the field of science.
Soon after Victor Frankenstein enrolls at the university in Ingolstadt, he delivers his letters of introduction to some of his professors. As he talks with M. Krempe, the professor of natural philosophy, Victor is asked several questions regarding his progress in the branches of science that relate to natural philosophy. But when Victor recites the names of the authors he has studied, M. Krempe tells Victor, "You have burdened your memory with exploded systems and useless names. . . . My dear sir, you must begin your studies entirely anew." He, then, gives Victor a list of books, informing Victor of his own lectures and that of his fellow professor, M. Waldman.
Victor returns to his lodgings now disinclined to pursue the study of modern natural philosophy. Partly from curiosity, however, Victor attends a lecture of M....
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