The Max-Gymnasium was forced to make many adaptations, as Bavarian troops used the school's new building to quarter soldiers. Shortages of coal and other resources also forced many cutbacks, including the shutdown of a new physics laboratory. The school finally regained control of the building in 1920, only four months before Werner graduated. Nevertheless, he had mastered his studies, and because of all the interruptions, he had more time for independent study that brought him far beyond the assigned curricula. He taught himself calculus at the age of sixteen in order to tutor a family friend preparing for the mathematics section of a doctoral examination in chemistry. Werner also found number theory fascinating, but he did not show a strong inclination toward physics until he discovered a single comprehensive textbook that served as his only source of information. For two years, Werner also took part in early training for younger pupils. THe war,
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Werner, quarter soldiers. Shortages, single comprehensive textbook, significant mental work, King Maximilian I.