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FEBRUARY 1903
[6]Maja
Einstein
was
tutoring
Besso's
sister,
Bice
(1890-1965), in
Trieste
(see Vol.
1,
Biography
of
Winteler-Einstein,
p.
389).
[7]The
bookkeeper may
have been owed
wages by
Hermann Einstein. For the
extent
of the
latter's debt
at
the time of his
death,
see
Inventory
of Assets of the Einstein
Household,
Part
two, 31
October
1902,
IMN,
notarial
files
of Domenico
Riva,
no.
3222/1231.
[8]Einstein
had
given up
attempts at obtaining
a
doctorate from the
University
of Zurich
a
year
earlier
(see
Receipt
for the Return of Doctoral
Fees,
1
February
1902
[Vol.
1,
Doc.
132];
see
also
Vol.
2,
the editorial
note,
"Einstein's Dissertation
on
the Determination of Molecular
Dimensions,"
pp.
173-176,
for
an
account
of Einstein's earlier efforts
to
obtain
a
doctorate).
He
probably
based his
hopes
for
becoming
a
Privatdozent without
a
doctorate
on a
clause
in
the
regulations
of the
University
of
Bern,
which
states
that "in
exceptional cases,
when
out-
standing publications
exist,
submission of
a
doctoral
diploma
can
be
dispensed
with"
("in
Aus-
nahmefällen,
wenn
hervorragende
litterarische
Leistungen vorliegen,
kann
von
einer Einrei-
chung
des
Doktordiplomes abgesehen
werden") (see
Bern
Reglement
1891,
§2). By January
1903,
Einstein had
completed
four
papers,
three of which had
already
been
published in
the
Annalen der
Physik
(see
Einstein
1901,
1902a,
1902b,
1903
[Vol. 2,
Docs.
1-4]).
[9]For
evidence of
an
earlier interest
in
this
topic, particularly
in
writing
the ill-fated disser-
tation,
see
Einstein
to
Marcel Grossmann,
14 April 1901
(Vol. 1,
Doc.
100),
Mileva
Marie
to
Helene
Savic,
ca.
23
November-mid-December
1901
(Vol.
1,
Doc.
125),
and Einstein
to
Swiss
Patent
Office, 18
December
1901
(Vol. 1,
Doc.
129).
See also
Vol.
2,
the editorial
note,
"Ein-
stein
on
the
Nature
of Molecular Forces,"
pp.
3-8. The work
on
molecular forces referred
to
in
this letter did
not
result
in
a
publication.
[10]Viktor
von
Richter
(1841-1891); probably
an
edition of Richter 1876
(its most
recent
edition before
1903
was
the 9th edition
[Richter 1900-1901]).
[11]Besso's
wife Anna Besso-Winteler
(1872-1944)
and
son
Vero
(1898-1971).
6.
From Michele
Besso,
with
Two
Enclosures
Trieste,
7-11,
II.
03
Lieber
Albert,
Deine
beiden Briefe habe ich seinerzeit erhalten. Für die
Anregungen
und
freundlichen
Ausdrücke
des
zweiten danke ich
vorläufig
und komme weiter
unten
darauf zurück.
Was
den
ersten
betrifft,[1] war es
mir
von
Anfang
an
klar,
dass ich kein
Recht
gehabt
hätte Deiner Schwester ihr Gehalt
vorzuenthalten:[2]
doch habe
ich mich
erkundigt
und Herr
Ansbacher[3]
muss
Dir inzwischen über die An-
gelegenheit
berichtet haben. Es wird mir recht sein
wenn
Du mir Dein Ein-
verständnis
bestätigst.
Im zweiten Briefe
sagst
Du
nichts
von
Deiner Influenza. Bist
Du
nun
wie-
der
ganz
wohl?
*
Ich hole nach
was
ich schon
längst versprochen.
1)Nach
Battelli und
Stefanini[4] wären
die
i
Werte
(i
für nicht dissozierte
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