DOCUMENT 59 OCTOBER 1907 75
[2]Einstein
probably
used the
Stadtbibliothek,
the
library
of the
University
of Bern. It
was
open during
the week from
10
until
12 in
the
morning
and from
2
until
7
in
the
evening,
and
from
2
until
5 Saturdays
(see
Adressbuch Bern
1906,
p.
134).
[3]Hendrik
Antoon Lorentz
(1853-1928);
Lorentz 1904a.
[4]Emil
Cohn
(1854-1944) wrote
several
papers
on
the
electrodynamics
of
moving
bodies:
Cohn
1900, 1902,
1904a,
and
1904b.
A
copy
of
Cohn
1904a
is in
Einstein's
reprint
collection,
IsReW.
[5]Kurd
von
Mosengeil; Mosengeil
1907.
[6]Probably
Planck 1906a and 1907a. Planck's
two
other
papers
related
to
relativity
from
those
years
(Planck
1906b and
1907b)
were
not
yet
known
to
Einstein
(see
Docs.
63
and
64).
59.
From
the B.
G.
Teubner
Publishing
House
Leipzig,
den
3.
Oktober
1907.
Herrn
Dr.
Einstein,
Bern.
Physikal.
Institut
d.
Univers.
Sehr
geehrter
Herr!
In Dresden,
bei
Gelegenheit
der
Naturforscher-Versammlung,
Mitte
Sep-
tember
d.
J.,[1]
hörte ich durch einen dort
anwesenden,
mir befreundeten
Phy-
siker
von
Ihren interessanten
Versuchen.[2]
Ich möchte mir mit diesen Zeilen
die
Anfrage
erlauben,
ob Sie mit diesen Versuchen schon
so
weit
sind,
diesel-
ben einem
grösseren
Leserkreis bekannt
zu
geben.
Jedenfalls stehen Ihnen
meine Pressen immer
gern
zur
Verfügung,
falls Sie sich mit literarischen Plä-
nen
tragen
sollten. Auch zweifle ich
nicht,
dass wir
uns
über die
äusseren
Be-
dingungen
leicht
einigen
werden.
Mit
vorzüglicher Hochachtung ganz ergebenst
B
G Teubner[3]
TLS.
[41 1081].
[1]The
79th annual
meeting
of
the
Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte
was
held
from
15
until
21
September
1907.
[2]The
physicist may
have been Wilhelm Wien. Wien had
participated
in
the discussion fol-
lowing
a
paper given
by
Arnold Sommerfeld
on
superluminal
velocities
(Sommerfeld 1907),
a
topic
that Sommerfeld had taken
upat
Wien's
suggestion
and that had been discussed
in
a cor-
respondence
between Wien and Einstein
in
the
summer
of
the
same
year
(see
Docs. 49-53 and
55,
and the editorial
note,
"Einstein
on
Superluminal Signal
Velocities,"
pp. 56-60).
A
conver-
sation with Wien
may
have left the
publisher
with the
impression
that Einstein
was
performing
experiments,
for instance
on
superluminal signal
velocities.
[3]Signed in the
name
of the deceased founder
of
the
firm
by
his
son-in-law,
Alfred Acker-
mann-Teubner
(1857-1941),
Director of the mathematics and natural sciences
department
of
the
publishing
house.
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