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be perceived as a lost battle. It will be damnably difficult for me to summon the
requisite hardness of heart, even when it does become necessary. I also think that,
in an emergency, they will always drum up the necessary money. The tragedy of
my situation is that I cannot muster even the tiniest fraction of self-esteem to play
my role, which was allotted to me through no fault of my own, with “dignity.”
I am deeply pleased that your wife is completely healthy and happy
that, generally, everything is going according to your wishes. It pleases me just as
much that our boys are classmates, like we
Let’s hope we can soon see
each other again. This year I am having my boys come (in October) to Germany,
because a trip to Switzerland is too costly for
Cordial regards, yours,
For the
In the past few years Mr. E. Guillaume has repeatedly stated his position about
the theory of relativity in this journal and, specifically, attempted to introduce a new
concept (universal time) into this theory. At the repeated prompting of the author
himself as well as of other colleagues in the field, I consider it necessary to declare
the following:
Despite taking the [greatest] trouble, I have not been able to attach any kind of
clear sense to Guillaume’s explications. Even by a lengthy exchange of correspon-
dence conducted with utmost patience, I could come no closer to this goal. In par-
ticular, it has remained completely unclear to me what the author means by
“universal time.” My ability to understand does not even go far enough to be capa-
ble of a substantive rebuttal. I can only state my conviction that no clear chain of
reasoning underlies Guillaume’s explications.
Dear Grossmann, please ask the Archives to send the proofs to
The statement is hard, but I can find no other way; this nonsense has gone too far!
149. To Elsa Einstein
Kiel, Tuesday. [14 September
Dear Else,
Arrived after a successful, comfortable trip, was awaited by Mr. Anschütz at the
I’ve rarely had it so nice—I say so not to magnify the tribulations of
your trip but only to let you enjoy it with me in your
So we puttered
away from the train station in Anschütz’s motorboat up to a pier that belongs to the
Anschützes’ villa. It is set right near the water on a small knoll in the middle of a
splendid garden. I was then led up to the attic of the villa, where there is an attrac-
tive little apartment to lodge visitors; it consists of two small, most tastefully fur-
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