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plicated lawsuit. Mr. Besso asked me if I would like to put in a good word with you
on their behalf, as the outcome of this trial is of profound importance to this firm
founded by my friend’s
I gladly do so because I know how badly struck
this firm—directed by excellent men—was by the consequences of the war and
herewith permit myself to urge you to represent this lawsuit entrusted to you with
In utmost respect.
114. From Paul Ehrenfest
[Leyden,] 3 o’clock in the aftern[oon], 26 March 1922
Just received your
I request immediate notification of your sister’s name—you forgot to include it
and I don’t know it!
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It would be a great pleasure for us if you could make your return trip via Leyden.
St. John is coming to Europe in the spring and would be very gladly!! prepared to
come to Leyden in the second half of June for a spectral-shift
Warm greetings to all of you. Naturally, especially also to the dear
115. From Hantaro Nagaoka
College of Science, Tokyo Imperial University, 26 March 1922
Highly esteemed Professor,
Mr. Yamamoto, editor of Kaizo, informed me that you might arrive in Tokyo at
the beginning of
This is a big surprise; and the Japanese will unani-
mously welcome you, as your noted name as a world-famous thinker is known
everywhere and the principle of relativity is highly reputed. Thanks to translations
of various writings about the principle of relativity, popular lectures by Mr.
Kuwaki, and books for the general public by Mr. Ishiwara, the Japanese have
regarded the principle with great interest. Unfortunately, it is represented in more
than one way, particularly by philosophers, all of whom lack mathematical
A lecture from you personally will clear up this haze and fog and the
Japanese will be bathed in the bright light of the genuine principle of relativity.