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very much these days. The states whose victory during the war I had felt would be
by far the lesser evil are now proving to be only slightly the lesser
evil.[7]
Added to
that are the excessively dishonest local domestic politics. A reaction, with all its
vile deeds under abhorrent revolutionary
disguise![8]
One doesn’t know where to
look to get pleasure from human affairs. I get most joy from the emergence of the
Jewish state in
Palestine.[9]
It does seem to me that our kinfolk really are more sym-
pathetic (at least less brutal) than these horrid Europeans. Perhaps things can only
improve if only the Chinese are left, who refer to all Europeans with the collective
noun “bandits.”
I find Schouten’s idea about a precession attributable to relativity very smart, al-
though not completely
cogent.[10]
I actually wouldn’t have expected such a quick
thought to come from him. Lorentz certainly was also delighted about
it.[11]
A very
able experimenter in Zurich (Dr. Beck) finds the gyromagnetic effect measured by
De Haas and me only half as large as the theory
requires.[12]
That man definitely
has to be taken seriously. The measurements ought to be repeated in order to clear
up or decide the
matter.[13]
Cordial regards, yours,
Einstein.
P. S. Cordial greetings to Nordström, who also urged me so kindly to come. I am
glad that he has now found a sphere of activity occupation in
Helsingfors.[14]
11. From Wilhelm Lenz[1]
Munich, 17 Ludwig St., 25 March 1919
To the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics
Attn. Prof. A. Einstein,
The just recently announced wish of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics to
revive research efforts by granting
stipends[2]
impels me to submit the following
application, which is also supported by Priv[y] Coun[cillor] Sommerfeld and be-
fore year’s end had already been discussed by him with Prof. Einstein and Priv.
Coun.
Planck.[3]
About my person I would like to make the following introductory comments. I
was born on 8 Feb. 1888 in Frankfurt-am-Main, studied at Göttingen and Munich,
and took my doctorate in Munich in 1911. The topic of my dissertation was chosen
in accordance with my original intention of taking up engineering, from the area of
Maxwell’s
electrodynamics.[4]
I thereupon became assistant in the Munich Insti-
tute for Theoretical Physics at the university under Prof. Sommerfeld. My interest
turned more and more away from the specialty of electrodynamics toward the more
general problems of theoretical physics, in particular to those of statistical thermo-
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