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4. If your gracious wife would like to come along to Japan, Mr. Yamamoto
would be very pleased to carry her total accommodation costs at least for one
month.
5. In the unexpected event that you could come here only with difficulty and the
return of the prepaid honorarium is to be determined, Mr. Yamamoto does not
demand that the entire amount be paid back in cash. Instead, he would be happy if
you would only kindly send short popular texts to him for inclusion in the journal
Kaizo edited by him.
In great respect, heartily wishing you excellent health, I remain yours most sin-
cerely,
Prof. Jun. Ishiwara.
41. To Arnold Sommerfeld
28 January 1922
Dear Sommerfeld,
First, I have to inform you that the experiment on which I had placed such great
hopes proves nothing, in that upon rigorous consideration the undulatory theory
leads to exactly the same consequences as quantum theory (no
deflection).[1]
Again
somewhat the wiser, and one hope the poorer!
Now, the Figaro
article.[2]
I read everything you had marked. There is no doubt
that I sat at the same table as that man at a mutual acquaintance’s; Ehrenfest, who
was just here, was also
there.[3]
I recognize the conversation in the article. It is what
I said, only cast in a French Bengali light. Why I emigrated, why the Munich school
agreed so very little with me, are factually correctly rendered, just the tone of my
words was
different.[4]
That in 1914 I made it a condition that I would remain a
Swiss citizen is
correct,[5]
that I acknowledged great admiration for Poincaré, like-
wise, although I did not describe him as the most important mind of our
day.[6]
My
saying that a large proportion of the opponents of my theory are guided by political
and anti-Semitic tendencies is
correct,[7]
likewise the remark about the Manifesto
of the 93, and the protest against the
same.[8]
That I make nothing of all this fuss
he also legitimately noted on the basis of a comment made by me in
jest.[9]
Even
the remark about my view re. the future pol. development of Germany, which inci-
dentally can only have a curative effect,
applies.[10]
Therefore: The man has no right to reproduce statements made by me. He has
furthermore attached a false nuance to some things—whether or not by intent I do
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