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which, however, can only happen after my return from Paris (ca. 10
April),[5]
let us
discuss the affair together. Only then am I going to submit a statement about my
earlier opinion. Maybe we can achieve something by direct negotiations with Mr.
M. I could perhaps come to Kiel in April for a week, if you consider it right. I
hardly believe that he could be somehow right, despite his presumptuous tone.
With heartfelt wishes for your wife’s improvement and rapid recovery, I am,
with best regards to both of you, yours,
A. Einstein.
117. To Viktor Engelhardt[1]
[Berlin,] 27 March 1922
Esteemed Doctor,
I read through your booklet with the greatest interest. The fondly and vividly
written account of individual persons and events is extremely inspiring just as is the
purposely subjective presentation of causal connections as well as your thoughts
about causality in the areas of science and
history.[2]
With thanks for the booklet and for the fine hours it gave me, I am very respect-
fully yours.
118. To Jun Ishiwara
Berlin, 27 March 1922
Highly esteemed Colleague,
I received your letter of 26 January
inst.[1]
and the draft contract and agree with
everything; I would just like to comment that based on previous experience, I find
no listener is capable of following a talk of three hours
duration.[2]
Nowhere have
I yet delivered a talk that lasted longer than hours. Thus I think that the six sci-
entific presentations should not last much longer than hours; however the
remaining hours could, e.g., be used for scientific discussions.
Unfortunately I have to postpone the time of my departure by one month because
I must deliver a speech on the occasion of the 100-year celebration of the Society
of German Scientists in Leipzig on September
21st.[3]
I therefore took the liberty
of making corrections to the draft contract in this sense in order that our negotia-
tions not get drawn out too much longer.
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