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As I have often heard, German scholars are very annoyed about the conduct of
the academicians here during the World War. Perhaps there is some basis for that,
as our academy is not on the same level as the European ones; it was often spoken
about as the refuge for outdated Japanese
scholars.[4]
Today, however, the acade-
micians’ thoughts are very different; at the last meeting, the
president[5]
expressed
the opinion that the academy should call together a welcoming committee for the
founder of the relativity principle. Ideas everywhere ebb and flow, but no academi-
cian has any great animosity toward learned Germans; the allusion by one acade-
mician to the Royal Society of London probably had political reasons. That is why
you do not need to worry about that at
all.[6]
On behalf of all the members of the
Tokyo Academy, it is my duty to pay our respects to you in friendship. I very much
admired the advances made in the physical sciences in Germany during the war; I
may have studied under Helmholtz, Boltzmann, and
Planck;[7]
yet the abundance
of brilliant research in the areas of relativity and quantum theory during this stim-
ulating period aroused in me such deep respect and admiration that I do not hesitate
to devote long hours to them in my talks. You can easily surmise how immensely
pleased my students and graduates at the university will be to see you in Japan.
I wrote to Mr. Hioki, the Japanese ambassador in
Berlin,[8]
to inform him about
your oriental travels. He was a school friend of mine and is interested in the prog-
ress of science in Japan, so he will be always ready to provide you with every con-
venience for your trip.
In expressing my utmost respect, I remain most devotedly yours,
H. Nagaoka.
116. To Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe
[Berlin,] 27 March 1922
Dear Mr. Anschütz,
Your letter, written with such great worries, quite upset me. But I may hope—
indeed, I am convinced that everything went well, now that a number of weeks have
passed since the serious
operation.[1]
Today I write you to send you the enclosed
letter,[2]
which is not clear to me. I
don’t recall at all anymore to which patent dispute this matter
refers.[3]
I wrote back
to Mr.
M[artienssen][4]
that he must arrange a postponement of the court proceed-
ings if he attaches importance to my reconsidering the case. You are obviously
going to be able to orient yourself more easily. After I have rechecked the case,
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