We are pleased to be publishing this translation of selected documents
of Volume 9 of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the companion
volume to the annotated, original-language documentary edition. As we
have stated in all earlier volumes, these translations are not intended for
use without the documentary edition, which provides the extensive
editorial commentary necessary for a full historical and scientific
understanding of the source documents. The translations strive first for
accuracy, then literariness, though we hope that both have been
achieved. The documents were selected for translation by the editors of
The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.
We thank Ann M. Hentschel and Klaus Hentschel for their continuing
good work and dedication to making Einstein’s correspondence
available to the English-speaking world; Elisa Piccio and Michele
Valisneri for translating the Italian correspondence; Diana Kormos
Buchwald for her attention to the translation project; and everyone else
at the Einstein Papers Project for their practical input: Rosy Meiron for
stylistic suggestions, and Osik Moses for indexing, typesetting the
manuscript, and producing the camera-ready copy, assisted by József
Illy, Rudy Hirschmann, and Linny Schenck. Many thanks to Alice
Calaprice for her thorough copyediting of the manuscript.
Finally, we are most grateful to the National Science Foundation, Grant
No. SBR-9710507, for its support of our project.
Princeton University Press
September 2004
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