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telegrams by the patient’s doctor reporting that the transfer of the patient is becom-
ing more and more difficult by the day.
With utmost respect,
A. Einstein.
195. To Richard von Mises
Berlin, 6 December 1919
Esteemed Colleague,
I studied the
paper[1]
sent to me together with the one dealing with the founda-
tions of probability
calculus[2]
with great interest. With your clarification of the
fundamental concepts you really have achieved something of great merit. It is also
interesting to see how far one can go without the ergodic
hypothesis.[3]
The main
question, whether the equipartition theorem from mechanics necessarily follows or
whether this is not the case, does remain open as before, however! I firmly believe
that, ultimately, the answer will be in the
affirmative.[4]
At present, I cannot submit this interesting paper to the Academy, unfortunately,
as much as I would like to from the thematic point of view. For the Academy has
resolved, because of prohibitive printing costs, that papers by nonmembers not be
allowed to exceed seven printed
pages.[5]
Although I did join the extended editorial committee of the reorganized Mathe-
matische Annalen, I do not know when the first issue of the renewed journal is com-
ing out. Under these conditions it is probably best that I keep your manuscript until
you let me know to which editor it should be
forwarded.[6]
With amicable greetings, yours,
A. Einstein.
196. From Felix Ehrenhaft
Vienna IX., 5 Boltzmann Alley, 6 December 1919
Dear Mr. Einstein,
In the same mail I am sending you an official invitation to the Chemical-Physical
Society in
Vienna,[1]
whose president I currently am, and I would like to take the
liberty of putting a personal emphasis on the request by this society. It would be
extremely interesting to hear a presentation of your novel concepts from you per-
sonally, and I would expect extraordinary profit and immeasurable inspiration,
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