44
THE
ETH
Doc. 39
contains
contemporary
comments
by
Einstein about
some
of
his
teachers.
Later,
he
recalled the
"magischer
Zauber" of Albert Heim's
geology
lectures,[10]
and
regarded
C. F.
Geiser's
(1843-1934)
lectures
on
differential
geometry
as
"wahre
Meisterstücke
pädagogischer
Kunst."[11]
Einstein
especially enjoyed
H.
F. Weber's
physics
lectures
(see
the editorial
note
Einstein
as a
Student
of
Physics,
and His Notes
on
H. F. Weber's
Course).
The ETH administration maintained
a
Record and Grade
Transcript (Matrikel)
for
each student.
At
the end of each
semester,
the student
received
a
Transcript
Excerpt
(Matrikelauszug), listing
courses
and
grades
for the
semester
(not
all
courses were
graded). A
conference of
all
teachers
in
a
section decided
grades
on
the basis of
an
instructor's
quarterly
report.[12]
At
the
close of
each school
year,
the decisions made
at
these teachers' conferences
determined the advancement
(Promotion)
of each student.
Upon leaving
the
ETH,
a
student
received
a
Final
Transcript
(Abgangs-Zeugnis).[13]
Doc.
28
is
the administra-
tive file
copy
of Einstein's Record and Final
Transcript,
maintained
as one
document
by
the
ETH.[14]
Completion
of studies
depended
on
passing
an
oral intermediate examination
for
the
Diplom (Übergangsdiplomprüfung),
which Einstein took
in 1898
(see
Doc.
42),
and
a
final
examination
for
the
Diplom (Schlußdiplomprüfung),
which included both
an
oral
examination and
a
written thesis
(Diplomarbeit) (see
Doc.
67).[15]
Of the nine students
in
Einstein's
fourth-year class,
five
took the
final
examination
in
July 1900; only
two
of
them,
Einstein and
Maric,
were
physics
students.[16]
Of the four students
in
Section
VI
A
who
passed
the
final examination,
Einstein
was
the
only
one
not to receive
a
position
as
Assistent to
a
professor
at
the ETH.
He later recalled
that
his
professors
"mich
wegen
meiner
Unabhängigkeit
nicht
liebten,
mich
umgingen,
wenn
sie
Assistenten
brauchten."[17]
Elsewhere,
he
stated
more
specifi-
cally
that "mir
im
letzten Moment
eine
Assistentenstelle nicht
gegeben
wurde, die
mir
in
Aussicht
gestellt
worden
war."[18]
This
is presumably
a
reference to
his
attempt
to
secure a
position
as
Assistent
to
Hurwitz
in
the
fall
of
1900
(see
Docs.
77,
78).
[10]
See
Einstein
to
Arnold
Heim, 14
July
1952.
[11] Einstein
1955, p.
146.
Einstein added
that
they helped him
later
when he
worked
on
the
general
theory
of
relativity.
[12]
See
ETH
Reglement
1873, pp.
32-34,
and ETH
Reglement 1899, pp.
23-24. The
teachers' conference submitted recommended
grades
to
the ETH administration.
[13]
See
ETH
Reglement 1873, pp.
21-22,
and ETH
Reglement
1899,
pp.
11-12.
[14]
His
copy
of
the Final
Transcript
is
in
the Einstein
Archive.
[15]
See
ETH
Regulativ 1892,
pp.
14-18.
[16] See Doc.
67,
and the ETH
Programm
1900b,
which contains class
lists for
the
pre-
vious
year.
[17] Einstein
1934, p.
33.
[18]
Einstein
to
Carl
Seelig,
22
February
1952. His
sister
states
that such
a
position
for
him had been
"sogar
von
zwei
Seiten
in
Aussicht
gestellt" (Winteler-Einstein 1924,
p.
21).
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