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261. From Satyendra Nath Bose[1]
Physics Department, Dacca University, Ramna P. O. Dacca, India, Dated the
June 1924
Respected Sir:
I have ventured to send you the accompanying article for your perusal and
I am anxious to know what you think of it. You will see that (I have tried
to deduce the coefficient in Planck’s Law independent of the classical
electrodynamics,)[3] only assuming that the ultimate elementary regions in the
Phase-space has the content . I do not know sufficient German to translate the
paper. If you think the paper worth publication I shall be grateful if you arrange for
its publication in Zeitschrift für Physik. Though a complete stranger to you, I do
not feel any hesitation in making such a request. Because we are all your pupils
though profiting only by your teachings through your writings. I do not know
whether you still remember that somebody from Calcutta asked your permission to
translate your papers on Relativity in English. You acceded to the request.[4] The
book has since been
I was the one who translated your paper on Gen-
Yours faithfully
S. N. Bose
ALS. [6 127].
[1]Bose (1894–1974) was reader at the University of Dhaka.
[2]The manuscript of Bose 1924a. That manuscript may have been a (possibly revised) version of
an earlier manuscript that had been rejected. According to Stachel 2002, p. 523, there are two con-
flicting accounts of the prehistory of Bose’s first paper (Bose 1924a). Blanpied 1972, p. 1215, on the
basis of an unauthorized report of his conversation with Bose on 25 March 1971, claims that Bose had
submitted a paper on the subject to Philosophical Magazine in late 1923 and was informed six months
later that it was rejected due to a referee’s negative report. Mehra 1975, p. 128, on the basis of
recorded interviews with Bose on 30 August 1970, claims that Bose had conceived of both his papers
(Bose 1924a and 1924b) after a visit in March 1924 in Dhaka by his friend Meghnad N. Saha, who
had drawn his attention to the recent paper of Einstein and Ehrenfest 1923 (Doc. 129). Stachel 2002,
p. 523, points out that a reference in Bose 1924b, p. 386, to an earlier paper is cited as “to appear in
Phil. Mag.” (“erscheint im Phil. Mag.”), and that this reference would appear to be to an earlier version
of Bose 1924a, thus corroborating the version of Blanpied 1972, whereas the account of Mehra 1975
may be accurate only for the second paper (Bose 1924b).
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