1 6 V O L U M E 5 , D O C U M E N T 5 0 5 a
zwingenden Traum durch die Stollen an den Himel hinaus zu schleichen um Mit-
ternacht, es war wie wenn der kalte weisse nackte Raum in Mond draussen einem
die Gefühle der unmittelbaren Dauer u der Möglichkeit sich grenzenlos zu ver-
flüchtigen gleichzeitig gäben wollte, wie wenn das alles in Form u Wesen massiv
u stark in der leisen kalten Luft zu einem, in einen aufsteigen würde aus den ganz
fernen Tiefen
Es waren z. T. Intensitäten u Anstrengungen wie in
Courrières,[13]
so recht sich
fühlen lehrt man doch nur, wenn man sich bis fast zu Auflösung anstrengt.
So alle 5 Jahre etwas Neues denken u sich an fast zersetzenden Intensitäten mes-
sen, erinnert einen an das Leben
ALS (SzZuZB, Nachlass H. Zangger, box 403). [92 518]. Incomplete. Cropped.
[1]Zangger (1874–1957) was Extraordinary Professor of Forensic Medicine and of Physiology at
the University of Zurich.
[2]Dated by the fact that the ALC version of this document (SzZuZB, Nachlass H. Zangger, copy-
book 1, 308r–309v) appears between an attestation letter dated 28 November 1911 and a letter dated
7 December 1911.
[3]Marie Curie-Sk odowska (1867–1934) was Professor of Physics at the Sorbonne; Paul Langevin
(1872–1946) was Professor of General and Experimental Physics at the Collège de France. Einstein
had written to Zangger about the “horror story peddled in the newspapers” on the alleged elopement
and liaison between Curie and Langevin, manitaining it is, “utter nonsense”; see Einstein to Heinrich
Zangger, 7 November 1911 (Vol. 5, Doc. 303).
[4]Immediately following the First Solvay Conference, held from 30 October to 3 November 1911
in Brussels, a front-page story on the affair between Marie Curie-Sk odowska and Paul Langevin was
published in the French newspaper Le Journal, on 4 November (see Ogilvie 2004, pp. 91–92).
[5]Einstein attended the First Solvay Congress there.
[6]Marie Curie was Polish.
[7]Emile Borel (1871–1956) was Professor of Theory of Functions at the University of Paris. Paul
Appell (1855–1930) was Professor of Mechanics and Dean of the Science Faculty at the same uni-
versity. He was also Borel’s father-in-law.
[8]Peter Debye (1884–1966) was Extraordinary Professor of Physics at the University of Zurich.
[9]Ludwig Hopf (1884–1939) was Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Aachen. He
had been Einstein’s Privatassistent in Prague.
[10]Probably Eisenlohr 1911.
[11]Probably Pierre Weiss (1865–1940), Professor of Experimental Physics at the Eidgenössische
Technische Hochschule, Zurich (ETH).
[12]For Zangger’s involvement in Einstein’s possible appointment to the ETH, see Einstein to
Heinrich Zangger, 20 October 1911 (Vol. 5, Doc. 286), especially note 6.
[13]On 10 March 1906, coal dust exploded in a mine in Courrières, northern France, killing more
than one thousand people.
Vol. 5, 505a. To Paul Langevin
[Zurich,] 19. I. 14
Hoch geehrter Herr Kollege!
Ich danke auch Ihnen herzlich für die freundliche Aufforderung, nächsten No-
vember 6 Vorträge zu
halten.[1]
Ich nehme Ihre Einladung mit Freuden an. Thema:
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