1 9 4 D O C U M E N T S 2 3 3 , 2 3 4 J U N E 1 9 2 2 Your kind words about my efforts in the area of international reconciliation pleased me very much. In the present state of excitement no one may retreat completely into their quiet little abode when occasion arises for assisting in the “reparations.” With cordial regards and in hopes of a happy reunion, yours. 233. To Thorstein G. Wereide[1] Berlin, 13 June 1922 Esteemed Colleague, Your inquiry puts me at somewhat of a loss.[2] Despite some deep qualms, I allowed Mr. Moszkowski, who is already over 70 years old and has lost his savings in the war, to elaborate on his personal relationship with me in a book.[3] But I could never bring myself to read the book. It is certainly not a small thing for a liv- ing person to be served up to the public as close to naked as possible. In any event I could never muster up the courage to collaborate personally on such an enterprise. You should be able to grasp this if you put yourself in my place just for a minute. One really ought to be content with presenting to the public what a person has pub- lished about objective ideas. If anything is said about the person himself, it should just be in order to link objective ideas to it. You will probably find the more super- ficial details about my career correct in Moszkowski’s book. Regards from your colleague. 234. Introductory Remarks to Hans Thirring, L’Idée de la théorie de la relativité [Einstein 1923a] Manuscript completed on or before 14 June 1922. Published 1923 IN: Hans Thirring. L’Idée de la théorie de la relativité. Maurice Solovine, trans. Paris: Gauthier Villars, 1923, p. [vii]. The book by Thirring[1] contains one of the best expositions of the theory of rel- ativity addressed to the general public. The synoptic schema[2] added at the end, which illuminates the independence of the guiding ideas of the theory and the way in which it interconnects them, is particularly instructive. (From a letter from M. Einstein to the translator.)[3]
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