190 DOCUMENT 162 MAY 1909
Doc.
84,
note
1)
to
an
audience of
one
(see
Alfred Kleiner memorandum
to
II Sect.
phil.
Fac.,
University
of
Zurich, 23
February 1909,
SzZSa, U 110 b .2 (44)).
[6]The
lecture
was
delivered
on 11
February
and entitled
"Elektrodynamik
und Relativi-
tätsprinzip"
(see
Doc.
135,
note
2).
[7]On 3
March the commission
set up
by
the
Philosophical Faculty II,
Dean Otto Stoll
pre-
siding,
unanimously
recommended that Einstein
be
nominated for the
new
professorship in
theoretical
physics.
Of
the
eleven members of
the
fifteen-man
faculty present,
ten
voted for the
recommendation and
one
abstained
(see
the minutes of the
meeting
of the
Philosophical
Fac-
ulty II, 3
March
1909,
SzZU, AA
10:3,
and Otto Stoll
to
Heinrich
Ernst, Erziehungsdirektor,
Canton of
Zurich, 4
March
1909,
SzZSa, U 110 b .2 (44)).
Two
months later the Director of the
Department
of Education
passed
the recommendation
to
the
Governing
Council
(Regierungsrat),
which
approved
Einstein's
appointment
the follow-
ing day
(see
Heinrich Ernst
to
Regierungsrat,
6
May 1909,
and Aus dem Protokoll des
Regie-
rungsrates 1909,
no.
888,
7 May 1909,
both in SzZSa
U 110 b .2 (44)).
For
a
description
of earlier
phases
in Einstein's
appointment,
see
Docs.
80,
note
5; 139,
note
4;
and
140, note
2.
[8]4500 francs, exactly
the
same
as
the
base
salary at
the Swiss Patent
Office (see
Doc.
159,
note 2).
[9]Wilhelm Wien.
See Laub's
comments
on
Wien
in
Doc.
159.
[10]See
Doc.
159
for Laub's invitation.
[11]Paul
Hertz
(see
Doc.
159).
[12]See
Doc.
159.
[13]Max
Abraham
was
Privatdozent
at
the
University
of
Göttingen.
[14]A
reference
to
Erich
Hupka's experiments (see
Doc.
159,
note
9).
[15]In
the
"Nachtrag" to
Einstein 1909b
(Vol.
2,
Doc.
56)
Einstein
points out
that his
paper
should
not
be
interpreted
as a
criticism of Planck's
work,
but
merely
as an
attempt to clarify
and
apply
the
"entropy-probability principle."
[16]See
Docs.
146, 149, 153,
and 163.
See also
Kox
1993 for
an
analysis
of the
relationship
between Einstein and Lorentz.
[17]See
Doc.
163
for
a more
detailed
exposition
of Einstein's views.
[18]On
21
September
of that
year
Einstein
gave
a
major
address
on
the
problem
at
the 81st
meeting
of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und
Ärzte,
probably
under the
title,
"Über die
neueren
Umwandlungen,
welche
unsere
Anschauungen
über die Natur des Lichtes
erfahren haben."
See
Einstein 1909c
(Vol. 2,
Doc.
60)
for
a
published
version
(with
a
different
title).
[19]See the editorial
note,
"Einstein's 'Maschinchen' for the Measurement of Small
Quan-
tities of
Electricity," pp.
51-55.
162.
From
George
Searle[1]
Wyncote
Hills Road
Cambridge
20 May 1909
Dear Sir
I
am sorry
that
I
have
so
long delayed
to
write
to
thank
you
for
sending
me-at
the
request
of
Dr.
Bucherer[2]-a
copy
of
your paper
on
the
principle
of
relativity.[3]
When the
paper
came
to
me
I
was
rather
tired[4]
with
my
work.
Then
came a holiday.
But
as soon as
I
returned from the
holiday
I
fell ill and
have been unwell
up
to
the
present
time.
I
am
now
recovering
and
hope to
be
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