D O C U M E N T 2 8 2 O C T O B E R 1 9 2 8 2 7 9 282. From David Hilbert[1] Göttingen, 15 October 1928 Dear Colleague, Herewith I turn to you as one of the coeditors of the Mathematische Annalen, with the request that you allow me to direct a letter to Prof. Brouwer with the fol- lowing content:[2] Dear Colleague,[3] In the name of the editors of the Mathematische Annalen, I wish to inform you herewith that we shall not in future require your participation in the work of editing the Mathematische Annalen publication, and will therefore remove your name from the title page. At the same time, I wish to express our thanks in the name of the editors for your past services in the interest of the Mathematische Annalen. Respectfully yours, D. Hilbert. Only in order to avoid misunderstandings and further discussions, which in the present situation would be quite superfluous, I wish to state that my decision not to continue in the future under any circumstances as a member of the editorial staff together with Brouwer is firm and irrevocable. As a rationale for my request, I should like to give the following brief explana- tion: 1. Brouwer has, in particular with his most recent circular that he directed to the German mathematicians before Bologna, insulted me, and as I believe, also the great majority of German mathematicians.[4] 2. Especially in view of his expressly hostile position against those foreign mathematicians who are well-disposed toward us, he has shown himself to be un- suitable for participation on the editorial staff of the Mathematische Annalen.[5]
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