We are pleased to be publishing this translation of selected documents
of Volume 13 of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the companion
volume to the annotated, original-language documentary edition. As we
have stated in all earlier volumes, these translations are not intended for
use without the documentary edition, which provides the extensive
editorial commentary necessary for a full historical and scientific
understanding of the source documents. The translations strive first for
accuracy, then literariness, though we hope that both have been
achieved. The documents were selected for translation by the editors of
The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.
We thank Ann M. Hentschel, Osik Moses, and Klaus Hentschel for their
continuing good work and dedication to making Einstein’s writings and
correspondence available to the English-speaking world; Diana Kormos
Buchwald for her attention to the translation project; Rosy Meiron and
Jennifer E. James for stylistic suggestions; and A.J. Kox for typesetting
the manuscript and producing the camera-ready copy, assisted by Rudy
Hirschmann, Terri O’Prey, and Linny Schenck. Many thanks to Alice
Calaprice for her thorough copyediting of the manuscript.
Finally, we are most grateful to the National Endowment for the
Humanities, Grant RQ-50267-7, and to the National Science
Foundation, Grant No. SES-1058125, for their support of our project.
Princeton University Press
June 2012
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