3 4 D O C U M E N T 1 4 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 2
out reliably
negative;[2]
tell this to
Bohr.[3]
One can conclude from it that the emis-
sive field has no component with both the properties
a) undulatory
b) isotropic.
I now ask myself whether an interaction of elementary processes cannot after all
substitute for this phantom field. I’ll try to decide this experimentally as well.
My article on superconductivity cites
Haber.[4]
He developed a similar interpre-
tation a few years ago in an Academy paper, albeit without
“snakes.”[5]
Warm regards, now, to you and Bohr, Tanya, & von
Aardenne[6]
from your
Einstein.
14. From Arnold Sommerfeld
Munich, 11 January 1922
Dear Einstein,
The boring circulars by the Math. Ann[alen] this time give me welcome occa-
sion to write to
you.[1]
It really is lamentable that you let yourself be prevented from coming here by
the tactless article in the
Schaubühne.[2]
I finally managed to obtain that noble little
paper and am repulsed by its mindset. This kind of internationalism appears to me
really disgusting in our present situation, especially since it is dictated by
sensationalism and
irreverence.[3]
As regards what the writer of the article says
about you, he certainly is spreading tall tales. What he says about the committee
meetings was new to me, of course, as the students otherwise tend to treat their
consultations with
discretion.[4]
The
rector,[5]
to whom I showed the paper,
naturally agreed with me that this affair should be passed over in silent disdain. You
should compare our poor students of 1922 some day to the bloodcurdling
impression you paint of
them.[6]
It is true, they did get a bit excited in 1919 and at
the beginning of
1920;[7]
but now they are meek as lambs, as long as a new Entente
dictate doesn’t kick them off again. You said that very well in an Italian interview
that I read in the Auslandspost and should raise your voice very loudly
abroad.[8]
Regarding the infamous Figaro interview, I would like to send that out to the
Auslandspost as well, with the remark: “lies from start to finish.” But you are hardly
going to grant me permission to do so. It is disgraceful that even your wife is
implicated in this
interview.[9]
Please don’t hold it against me that in this case I
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