Physiker, Nobelpreisträger; förderte die Relativitätstheorie, die Quanten- mechanik und die Theorie der Kristalle, Schöpfer der Wellenmechanik (1882-1970). ALS in German Bad Pyrmont. 8vo. 6 pp. Zwei minimale Wasserflecken. Mit Umschlag.
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Long letter to Nobel Prize–winning physicist James Franck in Chicago, who had just been awarded the Rumford Medal. Born writes in detail about Einstein celebrations in Berlin, which had taken place in March for the 50th anniversary of his Theory of Relativity. In part (translated): "It's nice that your great work on photosynthesis found recognition. I have the impression…that Warburg's star sinks and yours rises…We have to tell that after Christmas, the aftermath of all the excitement of this year (leaving our Edinburgh home, moving to Germany, building our new house, moving in, Oxford Doctor, Nobel Prize and trip to Stockholm)…Berlin is an absolutely crazy place; this idiotic border in the middle of the city…There were two combined Einstein celebrations of the two Phys.
Societies: I spoke in the West, in the Techn. Univ under v. Laue as chairman, about 'Einstein and the Photon.’ In the East, my former colleague Infeld from Poland spoke about 'relativity,’ with Gustav Hertz presiding…By strange coincidence, we met on the outward journey on the highway near Berlin…So I had the opportunity to walk with Hertz up and down the street and to exchange a few confidential words. He immediately said, 'What I say publicly has nothing to do with what I think. For example, I say that I do not want to go to the West because I loathe the conditions there. In truth, I do not go because it would make me suspect and jeopardize the return of many physicists still held back in Russia'…Then I also had long discussions with Otto Hahn. I was very attached to these. He is such an amiable, charming person, and we all agreed so well, especially in political matters, which unfortunately today are concerned with physics. Timeo Americanos et dona ferentes [Beware of Americans bearing gifts]…I have been convinced that the assertion that classical mechanics is deterministic is as senseless physically, as in the theory of relativity the absolute simultaneity. The theory can also be developed statistically, and then there is an interesting result." He ends the letter with some formulas related to quantum theory. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Born's hand. A splendid letter connecting a multitude of great scientists of the 20th century..