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have great respect for the beauty and boldness of your idea. You must understand,
however, that due to my existing substantive reservations, I cannot support it in the
originally conceived
manner.[2]
It is not easy for me to advise you on whether to publish the idea in its present
form. I cannot even see beyond what we have reported to each other. Even so, pub-
lication of the findings up to this point is justifiable, especially if you point out any
remaining problems. If you take this path and possibly have problems with the ed-
itors of the Math[ematische] Zeitsch[rift] (which I do not anticipate), I would be
glad to put in a good word for
you.[3]
I am sending you my last paper which, for lack of anything better, stops at the
dualistic interpretation but is nevertheless of some interest, particularly with regard
to the cosmolog.
problem.[4]
With best regards, yours,
A. Einstein.
49. From Philipp Frank[1]
Prague II, 3 Vinic=ná ul, 30 May
[1919][2]
Dear Colleague,
Over here the professorship for experimental physics has now become vacant,
because Lampa is going to Vienna, where he is becoming Director of Public Edu-
cation at the School
Department.[3]
We were thereupon in search of an appropriate
successor and I would like to ask you please to write me whether you know of any
younger experimental physicists who would be suited for it. I do have, as I must
admit, a certain selfish interest, in that I would very much like to have someone
here with whom one could have stimulating discussions about physical matters.
Specifically, here we have already thought of Messrs. Grüneisen and
Seeliger[4]
and I request that you write me something about these gentlemen, not just about
their work as discussed in the literature, with which I am already acquainted from
journals, of course, but also about whether they are inspiring teachers. Please also
let me know especially if you know of anyone whom one could regard as especially
talented and promising.
I would be very grateful if you could write me about this as soon as possible. The
university is functioning here as well and as badly as
before.[5]
I heard that in Ger-
many it is frequently believed that our university was dissolved or was converted
into a Czech one, or that something similar was in the
offing.[6]
All of that is com-
pletely false. Nothing substantial has changed up to now, except that the professors
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