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Have you incidentally heard anything yet about the outcome of the English ex-
pedition to the solar eclipse on May
29th?[9]
I should think you are in great sus-
pense about the results, as I am, along with many others who can judge the impor-
tance of these results.
May I turn to your institute sometime in the near future for support for a research
experiment that I started a while ago but that I have now unfortunately had to aban-
don for a few months because of reorganization at the institute? The questions with
which I wanted to occupy myself are quite interesting, but my institute’s funds
aren’t enough. I would also probably need an assistant for it. Are any monies still
available from your
fund?[10]
With best regards, yours truly,
Gustav Mie.
66. To Walter Dällenbach
[Zurich,] Sternwarte boarding house, [ca. 1 July
1919][1]
Dear
Dällenbach,[2]
I understand you completely. But lecturing on quantum theory is not for me. As
much as I have labored with it, I have succeeded little in gaining real insight into
it. Besides, I did not concern myself with assembling the many details and devices
of which quantum theory is provisionally composed to enable me to give you all an
exhaustive overview. What I myself have done in that field is easily accessible to
you and, what is more, known, so that lecturing on it is unnecessary.
It is also true that I have nothing new to say to you all about relativity, either. For
that reason I planned to lecture in such a way that a somewhat larger audience gets
an idea of the matter; yet whether this will be successful is, again,
doubtful.[3]
These lectures simply stem from a wish to show my gratitude to the government
here,[4]
not from the fact that I have anything new to announce.—Thus I leave the
matter as it stands, knowing fully well that my undertaking is actually completely
superfluous.
On the other hand, I would be delighted to chat with you privately about those
other
subjects.[5]
Therefore I suggest you come and see me very soon. Best would
be if you telephoned me around 9 o’clock in the morning or at midday or in the
evening so that we can fix a time.
With cordial regards, yours,
Einstein.
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