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Never have I taken part in such a vivacious home setting before; it simply comes
from two independent persons not being bound together by compromises! I duly
learned to consider you all a part of me and me a part of you all. From now on, let’s
stay properly in close contact with each other. I know that it does both of us good
and that each is made to feel by the other less of a stranger in this world.
Early next year a conference will take place in Switzerland about the university
I am going to travel there, if it’s at all possible. Because I know that
such things are close to your heart and that you have organizational talent and ex-
perience, I gave your name to those
They are sure to turn to you for ad-
visory help. I believe a great future lies in store for this affair. This university will
contribute toward making less Jewish talent, particularly in Poland and Russia,
have to go wretchedly to
I am studying Lorentz’s lectures with great
Then I’m going to delve
into Bohr, your warm recommendation of which piqued my interest so greatly. You
showed me that underneath is a person with a deep probing mind to whom grand
connections come alive.[8] How hard this magnificent creation of ours seems to
have to struggle just for that little bit of live awareness of its beauty! This beauty is
so subtle and strange that one can’t quite shake off religious notions.–
At the last colloquium the analyses by Nichols and Merritt on the fluorescence
of uranyl salts were reviewed—〈fabulously〉 unusually clear and interesting results,
also important for the further development of quantum theory.[9]
Greetings to you in warm gratitude, yours,
The Thermos flask was a great blessing during the cold journey. It works excel-
lently. Friendly greetings also to van Aardenne, whom I have come to like dearly;
I thank him and his family for all their kindness.[10]
161. From Hermann Coenen
8 November 1919
[Not selected for translation.]
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