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one reason to ask you to do honor to the festivities by your personal
presence.[1]
Now, although I do confidently hope that you will not disappoint the university
anyway, I would not like to miss the opportunity to add my pleas to those of the
faculty and tell you in addition how much it would please me if in the welcome case
of your coming you would take up residence in my house. I have agreed with the
Jubilee Visitors Committee to make a room in my home available to you and I hope
with all my heart that you will accept this offer. The problems associated with room
and board are, of course, in these times generally difficult to solve, but this way you
need not concern yourself in the least with these issues. If we perhaps cannot offer
you all that would have been possible during the prewar years, in my house you
would nonetheless be relieved of many an unavoidable inconvenience of a hotel
stay. We can easily take into consideration any special diet required by your stom-
ach condition; white bread is easily
procured.[2]
I beg you please to believe me that
we can take you into the house without any effort at all, and any such effort would
indeed be of negligible significance against the pleasure and honor of having you
under my roof and among my family. I am hoping that at the same time we will
have another honored guest in a second room, namely Mr. Planck. He too is receiv-
ing an invitation any day now from the faculty for the same
reasons[3]
and I just
wrote him a few lines requesting his agreement.
A few days ago I received hints from abroad about the magnificent results that
were supposed to have been obtained from observations of the solar eclipse on May
29th. The information was designated as
confidential,[4]
but since the news was, no
doubt, immediately made known to you, I cannot in my joy forgo congratulating
you wholeheartedly.
Once again I ask you cordially to delight the university and me with a positive
reply, and send you my wishes in utmost respect as very faithfully yours,
M. Schlick.
138. To Max Born
[Berlin,] 16 October 1919
Dear Born,
You’re a splendid fellow! I forwarded your pamphlet to the lucky addressee with
a lively affirmation and some additional quibbles.[1] Your wife is right about the
Tree of
Knowledge.[2]
I had categorized my forefathers as too primitive. But we
won’t let her slash away at knowledge like that. What do we have that’s more beau-
tiful? Nor should she grumble about bleak society when she has such a splendid
fellow with her! It comes from all that
shivering.[3]
Maybe the chill has made her
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