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134. From Felix Frankfurter
Cambridge, Mass., 17 May 1921
Esteemed Professor Einstein,
I am sorry to bother you but truth compels me to do so. I am told that Dr.
—and through him probably others as well—accused me of having wanted
to prevent your appearance at Harvard for lecturing or for any other
This accusation is absolutely untrue. I simply cannot understand why people stoop
to such unforgivable slander. But such is, in fact, the case; and that is why I am
compelled—painful though it is for me—to write this denial. May I hope that it was
superfluous—that you did not believe it, anyway?
In great respect, yours sincerely,
135. From Solomon Rosenbloom
[Pittsburgh,] 18 May 1921
[See the documentary edition for the original English.]
136. To Ludwik Silberstein[1]
[New York,] 21 May 1921
Dear Mr. Silberstein,
First of all, I would like to say once again how happy I am finally to have made
your personal acquaintance and that our time together was a great pleasure for
The experiment you are planning is, I am convinced, of very great interest for
the special theory of relativity. I thought about the matter again in greater depth and
came to the conclusion, in full agreement with yours, that according to relativity
theory, or Lorentz’s theory, a positive effect must
It is very desirable that
the experiment be conducted with the best of means, and it is lucky that the master
Michelson wants to conduct
Pardon my brevity—my present situation does not permit otherwise. Cordial
regards, yours,
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