van Dongen, Jeroen (2007) Reactionaries and Einstein’s Fame: “German Scientists for the Preservation of Pure Science,” Relativity, and the Bad Nauheim Meeting. Physics in Perspective, 9 (2). pp. 212-230. ISSN 1422-6944 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20101008-113232744
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Two important and unpleasant events occurred in Albert Einstein’s life in 1920: That August an antirelativity rally was held in the large auditorium of the Berlin Philharmonic, and a few weeks later Einstein was drawn into a tense and highly publicized debate with Philipp Lenard on the merits of relativity at a meeting in Bad Nauheim, Germany. I review these events and discuss how they affected Einstein in light of new documentary evidence that has become available through the publication of Volume 10 of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.
|Additional Information:||© 2007 Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel. Jeroen van Dongen is Associate Editor with the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology and Veni Research Fellow of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) at Utrecht University. I presented a first version of this paper at the Seventh International Conference on the History of General Relativity,Tenerife, Spain, on March 11, 2005, and I thank the organizers, the Fundación Orotava de Historia de la Sciencia and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, for their kind hospitality. I am grateful to Diana Kormos Buchwald for drawing my attention to Hannah Höch’s collage and to her and the other members of the editorial team of Volume 10 of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Tilman Sauer, József Illy, Ze’ev Rosenkranz, Virginia Iris Holmes, A.J. Kox, and Daniel Kennefick, for a most rewarding collaboration with them. I also am grateful to The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for its generous support through a VENI grant. Finally, I thank Roger H. Stuewer for his careful and thoughtful editorial work on my article.|
|Subject Keywords:||Albert Einstein; Ernst Gehrcke; Philipp Lenard; Paul Weyland;Working Society of German Scientists for the Preservation of Pure Science; Society of German Scientists and Physicians; German Physical Society; Berlin Philharmonic; Bad Nauheim; Berlin newspapers; antirelativity; anti-Semitism|
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