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Now I, for my part, would like to ask you kindly for the address of Dr. Beck in
Chicago. Mrs. Untermeyer wrote me such a very dry letter in which she said that
she could do nothing for
me.[5]
That is why I would like to try with Dr. Beck. As
he is academically active, it may be expected that he will receive my inquiry differ-
ently.–
You surely remember, dear Einstein, that I told you here about a volume in which
scientists of the first order would present their discoveries in brief (about 25 to 30
pages in -8 [octavo]) so as to make them more easily accessible to scholars and the
educated general
public.[6]
In the first issue I would now like to reprint your funda-
mental paper of
1905.[7]
Does the permission for translation depend on you, on
Ambrosius Barth, or on
Teubner?[8]
After finishing off the translation of your lec-
tures delivered in America, I am going to get started on that excellent article of
1916.[9]
If the permission for translation of these latter papers does not depend
entirely on you but on the publisher, I ask you please to write him that he should
not assign it to anyone else.
I would also be very grateful if you would draw up a list sometime noting the
names of physicists and chemists who could produce something for the above-
mentioned collection. I particularly want to ask Planck to describe his quantum the-
ory in condensed form.
Enclosed please find the contract that you
forgot.[10]
You will write your name
on it and keep it for yourself.
In most cordial friendship,
M. Solovine.
My kindest regards to Miss Ilse Einstein and your esteemed wife.
169. To Emile Borel
Berlin, 28 April 1922
Highly esteemed Colleague,
I read your article in the Ciencia as well as the one on space and time with great
interest.[1]
Furthermore, I spoke with an experienced colleague here about the fea-
sibility of an organization for intellectual workers in
Germany.[2]
He told me that
such an organization would certainly be very necessary but that it would have to
contend with strong resistance by the currently almost omnipotent industrial enter-
prises. The organization could be initiated with some prospect of success only if its
legitimacy could also be motivated by non-political reasons. This would be the case
if some guarantees could be given that a representative of this corporation was able
to collaborate officially with the relevant department of the League of Nations. So
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