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Bohr’s kitchen of
ideas;[4]
that must be a mind of the very first order, extremely crit-
ical and far-seeing, never losing sight of the overall picture.
Cordial regards, yours,
Einstein.
150. From Arnold Sommerfeld
Munich, 24 October 1919
Dear Einstein,
On the question of the Bonn
professorship[1]
I would like to add the following:
Koch wrote me quite an unhappy letter from Hamburg. He seems to be having per-
sonal difficulties there; professionally also, because there is no spectroscopic ma-
terial available
there.[2]
He is a “Catholic and a Rhinelander” and would probably
like to go to Bonn (which he did not write to me but which I have to assume from
earlier
remarks).[3]
So I would be pleased if you carried out your intention and went
to Expert Adviser
Becker.[4]
Furthermore: Füchtbauer was here; he longs for an in-
stitute, since as an associate professor at Paschen’s he cannot act freely. He thinks
he would get to Hamburg if Hamburg became
vacant.[5]
Then both positions would
be decently filled. Finally, I would probably be able to bring Lenz to Tübingen in
Füchtbauer’s
position.[6]
Thus the right shifting, but this time without any shifty in-
terests.
Röntgen has tendered his resignation. I hope to get Wien or Paschen to come
over
here.[7]
Kossel will apply for a small grant from your K.W. Institute, for experimental
work. There is surely no need for a recommendation by me. He has more brilliant
ideas about X-ray absorption edges in connection with new experiments by Sieg-
bahn-Stenström.[8]
Pauli is calculating the paths of light and Mercury according to Weyl. Maybe
this way Weyl will be
disproved.[9]
Thanks for your postcard about the magnetic angular momentum. I forwarded it
to
Granquist.[10]
In rejoining my wife, I found her better and more composed than when I had
left.[11]
My shifting suggestion requires no answer.
With respectful greetings to your wife, yours,
A. Sommerfeld
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