9 8 D O C S . 1 1 3 , 1 1 4 S E P T E M B E R 1 9 1 9
P.S. Light deflection has been demonstrated by the English, albeit as of now at a
modest precision of 0.9–1.8″, whereas the theory requires
1.7″.[9]
Greater precision
will surely result from the definitive evaluation.
113. To Pauline Einstein
[Berlin,] 27 September 1919
Dear Mother,
Today some happy news. H. A. Lorentz telegraphed me that the English expedi-
tions have really verified the deflection of light by the
Sun.[1]
Maja writes me, to
my dismay, that you not only have much pain but that you are thinking dismal
thoughts as
well.[2]
How much I would like to keep you company
again[3]
so that
you aren’t overtaken by such nasty contemplations! But I am going to have to stay
here a while and work. I shall also be traveling to Holland for a few days in order
to show my gratitude to
Ehrenfest,[4]
although the loss of time is quite grievous.
I heartily wish you pleasant days. Fond wishes from your
Albert
Regards to the nurse, Mrs. Dann along with her son, Maja, Pauli, and your Fräulein
Doktor.[5]
Next time more!
114. To Jean Perrin
[Berlin,] 27 September 1919
Dear Mr. Perrin,
How happy I was, after these long, terrible years, to hear from you directly
again.[1]
I can assure you that, during those times, our ardent wishes and fears were
“connected in parallel” much more than could be guessed from the external condi-
tions. But now my fears continue in that, in my opinion, on every field poisonous
weeds can grow alongside the good corn, when conditions are right; I believe these
matter more than the soil. I would be very pleased if we could speak to each other
again sometime. The fine hours I spent with you, Langevin, and Mrs. Curie in Paris
and Brussels have remained
unforgettable.[2]
Perhaps that will happen one day in
Holland or in Switzerland, since obviously, for the foreseeable future, I must not
venture into Paris with my Swabian French.
I beg you kindly to send me your new paper on the role of radiation in chemical
reactions, which Pierre Weiss already discussed with
me.[3]
I am sending you a few