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even though you were offered the most dazzling conditions, because you did not
want to abandon our sinking ship
now.[4]
Your character truly ranks equal with your
scientific achievements; that says it all and in full measure!
Please do not take the trouble to send written thanks for this letter; perhaps I
shall receive its reply in person if my surely not completely unfounded hope that
you will come here in the winter is fulfilled. That would be splendid!
All’s well with us. My wife is just returning from Brussels where she spent fine,
politically untroubled
days.–[5]
I myself am still in search of a mentor-collaborator-
secretary for my virtually complete, skeletally drafted system of the
sciences;[6]
among oth., a Miss Schneider, Berlin, is being recommended to me, who has sup-
posedly written a very good paper for Riehl’s seminar on relativity
theory.[7]
With warm greetings to all from both of us, I am truly devotedly yours,
Oppenheim.
180. From Robert W. Lawson
The Physics Laboratory, The University, Sheffield. 27[28] November
1919[1]
Esteemed Professor,
A couple of days ago I wrote you regarding an article about your theories for
Nature.[2]
As I notice in today’s Times, you wrote one already for that newspaper
and I greatly enjoyed reading it
today.[3]
Nevertheless, I hope you will be inclined
to write an article for Nature as well. For this journal is, after all, the official organ
of English scientists and through it you, as a scientist, would be able to speak di-
rectly to scientists over here, which I consider very important with regard to future
association. That the Times, in particular, managed to catch hold of you is in some
respects a pity, I think, since that newspaper vigorously advocated the reprehen-
sible Northcliffe view during the
war.[4]
By this, one just sees the relativistic aspect
of the press!
The president of our Physical Society delivered a talk today on the occasion of
the inaugural session for this year, and spoke about “the revolution in modern phys-
ics.” He (Dr. Milner and my boss) addressed problems in radioactivity and their im-
pact on our ideas about atomic structure, etc., Planck’s quantum hypothesis, and
your own
theories.[5]
Dr. Milner had made a few slides from my Viennese picture
collection and I was happy how much applause there was when the one of Planck
and of the Scientific Meeting in Vienna, 1913, was projected onto the
screen.[6]
I
very much regretted that I did not have any picture of you on your own for this
meeting.[7]
In my Vienna collection I have virtually all Austrian physicists, a few
Germans, Hungarians, and Poles, and would be delighted if I could add to it an au-
tographed photograph of you.
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