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perhaps thinking of the tower spectrograph that is being erected at the Potsdam
astrophysical institute from funds solicited together here under my
that isn’t a special institute, just an apparatus, an observatory. Nobody should be
advised to leave the commercial sector now to take up a career in science, because
prospects for scientific careers are miserable and one is always dependent on a sec-
ondary income, which is hard to come by.
Concerning science, I am working with Prof. Geiger on a very interesting exper-
iment about light
I did not go to
because the bigwigs pestered
me so much last year in [Bad] Nauheim. All in all, I’m trying to make myself as
independent of that crowd as possible, and it’s working, too. In the middle of Octo-
ber I am going to Bologna with [Hans] Albert, to deliver a few lectures
I’m traveling via Austria because it is cheaper. We are going to meet in Innsbruck.
My boys give me much joy; my time together with them this summer was an inde-
I regard politics more optimistically now. It appears as if, under the pressure of
economic need, something like European solidarity does want to
appointment of Schrödinger to the University of Zurich was
Cordial regards, yours,
250. To Eberhard Zschimmer[1]
Berlin, 30 September 1921
[Not selected for translation.]
251. From Paul G. Tomlinson[1]
Princeton, New Jersey, 30 September 1921
[See the documentary edition for the original English.]
252. From Heinrich Zangger
Zurich, 3 October 1921
[Not selected for translation.]
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