8 8 D O C U M E N T S 7 2 , 7 3 M A R C H 1 9 2 2 Everything else in person. I am as excited as a child about being able to walk the streets of Paris with you again. Cordial greetings, yours, A. Einstein. 72. To Bernardo Dessau[1] Berlin, 9 March 1922 Dear Colleague, You are going to laugh at receiving an answer to a 1½-year old letter: But noth- ing else is to blame for this than the postman’s generosity.[2] Going to the Technion in Haifa cannot be advised to an established physicist who is not altogether possessed by idealism. Mere training in lower-level engineer- ing for technical development is what is involved over there.[3] The University of Jerusalem, which will materialize shortly, comes into consideration instead. It is not supposed to be a teaching establishment proper but a type of research institute.[4] You probably know that I was in America last year to raise funds for this institution, which succeeded quite respectably.[5] However, establishing a physics institute has not yet been envisaged, owing to the great related costs. If such an institute is erected, you would certainly fall under serious consideration for it, equally so Mr. Ornstein from Utrecht, whom you surely know as a competent fel- low professional.[6] I confidently hope that we Jews of our generation manage to come far enough along to set up modern scientific institutes at our own initiative. In the hope of making your personal acquaintance, I am, with kind regards, yours, A. Einstein. 73. From Richard B. Haldane 28 Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster, 9 March 1922 Highly esteemed and dear Professor, The book—so kindly given to me by you—has arrived.[1] I prize this book very highly as a “care package” from you. I value it also because it interests me very much. I read through it, not entirely without comprehension. Weyl’s attempt is interesting.[2] I have, however, read the critique of it by Hans Reichenbach.[3]
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