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112. To Walter Dällenbach
(Berlin, 5 Haberland St.), 27 September 1919
Dear Mr. Dällenbach,
It is a pity that your so honestly and sensibly meant endeavor has lost a sound
footing![1]
But it is no wonder. Reason is not a bond by which people on Earth can
be linked together for a longer time. Still, your accomplishments up to now are as-
tonishing and speak for the human energy and skill that formed the soul of the en-
terprise. I am glad that you want to lecture at the Poly[technic]. It is, in fact, neces-
sary that electricity be taught there by someone who has a deeper insight into the
interconnections.[2]
Should I write to someone
(Gnehm)?[3]
I shall be pleased to do
so if you believe that it makes sense. I cannot judge whether the plan to write a little
book is a good one. I consider you capable of making a good job out of it but do
not know whether there is any substantial demand among engineers and whether
there is any lack of suitable
literature.[4]
I am completely unfamiliar with that; make
inquiries sometime, maybe also by letter to Springer, who does virtually all elec-
trotechnical material here at his publishing house; he would possibly be very well
suited as the publisher, because he has powerful advertising
resources.[5]
I would
be happy to take a look at the manuscript, but it would be of little value; you need
to listen primarily to criticism by an intelligent, young, local engineer who is not
yet familiar with all aspects of the material. I cannot imagine that you would be
paid for it by an electrical firm, since the product obviously does not benefit them
specifically. Besides, I would think it much more important that you work directly
in applied technology. I know a few younger physicists here who maintain long-
term informal ties with electrical firms and are paid quite
decently.[6]
That is what
you should strive for. It is not good to turn to the subject of engineering without
having direct contact with technical practice. Give it a try once. This is now much
more important for your development than writing a book; so it seems to me, at
least. What do you think?
You should not take Michele’s monastery too seriously. Even in maturer years
one needs still unspent illusions, and from project to deed is a long and quite gru-
eling path for my dear friend that is very rarely
taken.[7]
Give him my cordial greet-
ings when you see him. If I had his address I would write him myself. I am traveling
to Holland for a couple of
weeks;[8]
I’m telling you this in case you do not receive
immediate answer to any letters.
Best regards, yours,
A. Einstein
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