2 7 0 D O C U M E N T 2 5 5 A P R I L 1 9 2 6 according to your letter,[1] there is no reason for me to keep away from this fine undertaking anymore. Therefore, I gladly accept my selection into the committee. With respect to my own report at the 1927 congress, with human foresight I could only say about my own report whatever is already generally known. Schrödinger, however, has a theory of quantum states[2] in press, a veritably ingenious imple- mentation of De Broglie’s idea.[3] I would like to take the liberty of proposing he be given the paper in my stead. I visited Planck about the Research Council affair so that he could give me ad- vice about which men ought to be invited.[4] He could not do this, but suggested waiting for the Academy meeting next Thursday,[5] when the matter will come up for discussion. Planck explained that unexpectedly hefty resistance is being exerted against entry into the council on the part of German academicians. The authors of the letter addressed to you (which, on its own, was not exactly nicely put) were ig- norant of this, nor could they have surmised it.[6] It is difficult for me to place my- self in the psyche of these people, so today I would prefer not to tell you about my impression of the conversation with Planck. Also, I would still like to speak with Haber,[7] who is away and won’t return until a few days from now. In any event, Haber is not wanted at the consultations despite his great acumen, because he isn’t enough of a full-blooded German for those people.[8] As soon as it is possible, hopefully on Thursday evening, I shall write you at length. Kind regards, your A. Einstein 255. To Hendrik A. Lorentz [Berlin,] 15 April 1926 Dear and esteemed Mr. Lorentz, Today the Academy meeting, during which the issue of the preparatory deliber- ations was reported, took place.[1] Everything went smoothly, so I hope that no new difficulties will arise. I also spoke with Planck and Haber[2] about the selection of the gentlemen to be invited. All were of the view that it would be better if this se- lection were left to the government, who would contact the corporate bodies. As it is of importance to the government that the whole affair succeed, one can surely cede to it the selection of people without objecting. In this way, the opponents to a reconciliation are given the least opportunity to criticize. To my joy, today I saw that Planck was much more optimistic than during my visit a few days ago. Haber and Planck took the view that there would be a better chance of success if the de- liberation took place in Paris (in order to enable Mr. Picard[3] to attend). But they
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