D O C U M E N T S 5 1 2 5 1 4 A P R I L 1 9 2 9 4 4 1 512. To Michele Besso [Berlin, 27 April 1929] Dear Michele, I would like to write, but can’t find the way to do it. But it is not merely an ex- ternal motive to write about S.[1] I love and revere him, but I don’t know how to begin. Give me a suggestion Warm regards, your A. E. Maybe some kind of jubilee should be organized. Otherwise one can’t, out of the blue, just write about someone in the newspaper. What would I base it on? 513. To Michele Besso [Berlin, between 27 April and 12 May 1929][1] Dear Michele, Here are a few lines on the occasion of Stodola’s seventieth birthday.[2] They seem pretty silly to me, but they show you my good will. Write something more substantial regarding the achievements and forward both to the Züricher Zeitung, if my words don’t seem too meager to you. However, I am not in a position to im- prove them. My card was stupid.[3] I already knew about the seventieth birthday, because I wrote an article in the jubilee volume.[4] But I had forgotten it.— Thanks for all your news. The unified field theory has already become very beautiful. But nobody understands it in that form. I have to execute it better, which will be done soon.[5] Kind regards to you and to Anna[6] from your Albert 514. To Alice Vanderbilt Morris[1] [Berlin,] 27 April 1929 Dear Mrs. Morris: I have long put off replying to your kind letter of 21 February,[2] but have reflected on it all the more. This is how things now stand: original authors in the area of physics find it relatively easy to get their achievements recognized. I re- serve the right to return a little later to physicists in the category to which you refer. In the meantime, I would like to draw your attention to another category: There are Russian savants of outstanding importance who are prevented by extreme poverty from carrying out their scientific work. For the moment, I will
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