1 8 0 D O C U M E N T S 2 1 8 , 2 1 9 J U N E 1 9 2 2 217. From Aurel Stodola Zurich, 5 June 1922 [Not selected for translation.] 218. To Hellmut von Gerlach Berlin, 6 June 1922 Esteemed Mr. von Gerlach, I gather that on our visit to France neither Painlevé nor any other prominent representative of French scholarship will be present. As my speech on Sunday is supposed to be one by a nonpolitician devoted especially to welcoming scholars, I am not going to rise to speak at the meeting on Sunday. This omission will be less awkward as I will take every opportunity to attend to our guests. I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity of spending a few hours in your home on Sunday. With amicable regards. 219. To Hermann Weyl [Berlin,] 6 June 1922 Dear Mr. Weyl, Tell the students that I, as an old Zurich boy, was very pleased about their invitation, and heartily so. But I surely need a little tranquillity and whatever sci- ence I could relate—with all due respect—all the sparrows are noisily chattering from the rooftops, so I’m reluctant to open my mouth as well. Please don’t misun- derstand me if I fail to answer their friendly summons and don’t say: “To Paris he went, but not to us.” Declining the Parisian invitation would have been a betrayal of the internationalist ideal that needs attention now more than ever. But for my fellow countrymen it is not a matter of “reparations.” They always preserve their temper, equanimity, and tolerance. I am glad that Langevin was there to see you. I can’t tell you what he means to me and how much I like him. Right now I’m trying to understand your work on the mathematically preferen- tial position of the quadratic form. I’m not getting any further on the physics. I don’t believe in your link between the electric field and the path’s curvature.