DOCUMENT 382 APRIL 1912 447
[4]For
an
earlier,
more
enthusiastic
assessment
of
a
paper by Reinganum,
see
Einstein's al-
lusion
to
Reinganum
1900
in
Einstein
to
Mileva
Maric, 28
May
1901
(Vol.
1,
Doc.
111).
See
Doc.
265
for another less
positive comment.
[5]Richard Gans
was
Professor of
Physics
at
the National
University
of
La Plata,
Argentina,
and Director of its
Physical
Institute. Einstein
gave
a
similarly negative assessment
of him
eight
months earlier
(see
Doc.
275).
[6]pierre Weiss.
[7]Max
Laue.
[8]Laue 1911.
[9]Arnold
Sommerfeld,
Max Laue's
supervisor
at
the
University
of
Munich,
praised
Laue's
teaching
abilities
as a
Privatdozent
who
initially gave
too
demanding
lectures but had
correct-
ed this
in
the last three
semesters
(see
Arnold Sommerfeld
to
Alfred
Kleiner,
3 April 1912,
SzZE
Bibliothek, Hs. 412:1).
[10]Paul
Ehrenfest.
[11]Max
Abraham;
the
position at
the German
University,
which Einstein
was
vacating
(see
Doc.
351).
[12]The
last week of
February
(see
Docs.
357, note
3,
and
367,
note
1).
[13]Held
on
27
February
in
the
Physics
Institute of the German
University (see entry
of this
date, Diary "E," NeLR,
Ehrenfest
Archive, Notebooks, ENB:4-11).
[14]Einstein
similarly
describes Ehrenfest's lack of
mobility
and its
cause a
month earlier
(see
Doc.
366).
[15]Peter
Debye
was a
member of the commission
to
select his
own successor.
Only
a
week
earlier,
in
seeking to
dissuade Arnold Sommerfeld from
employing
Ehrenfest
as
a
Privatdo-
zent in
Munich, Debye
described Ehrenfest
as a
Jew "of the
'high-priest' type
who
can,
with
his
seductive Talmudic
logic, exert
an
extremely pernicious
influence"
("vom "Hohepriester"
typus
kann doch mit seiner
bestrickenden
Talmudlogik
einen äusserst schädlichen Einfluss
ausüben") (see
Peter
Debye
to
Arnold
Sommerfeld,
29
March
1912, GyMDM,
Handschriften-
Sammlung,
1977-28
(A,
61/7)).
[16]Einstein
had
requested
Pierre Weiss's assistance
in
expediting
Ehrenfest's
attempt
at
ob-
taining
the Habilitation
a
few weeks earlier
(see
Doc.
369).
[17]Heinrich
Greinacher
(1880-1974)
was
Privatdozent
in
physics at
the
University
of
Zurich.
Though given special
consideration
by
the Zurich authorities because he
was a
local
candidate,
he
was
ranked far below Max Laue
by
all reviewers
(see
Alfred Werner
memoran-
dum
to Mitglieder
der
philosophischen
Fakultät, 6
April 1912,
SzZSa
U 110 b .2
(50)).
[18]Peter
Debye
had withdrawn from the
University
of Zurich
at
the end of the
previous
month
(see
Doc.
366,
note 11).
382.
To
Alfred Kleiner
Prag.
3. IV. 12.
Hoch
geehrter
Herr Prof. Kleiner!
Sofort nach
Empfang
Ihres Briefes und kurzer
Überlegung
antwortete
ich
Ihnen heute
Morgen.[1]
Nachträglich
kam
es
mir dann
in
den
Sinn,
dass
es
un-
verantwortlich
von
mir
sei,
dass ich für Abraham kein
gutes
Wort
eingelegt
habe,
der doch alle die Genannten
an
Bedeutung
weit
überragt.[2]
Auch Abra-
hams in den letzten Jahren
publizierte
Arbeiten sind
von
grosser Bedeutung.
Nur die neulich
publizierte
Theorie der Gravitation halte ich für einen schwe-
ren Missgriff.[3]
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