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#216 - Albert Einstein Estimate: $20,000+

Prophetic letter to his eldest son—"If Europe continues to react so weakly to Hitlerism, there will be a major catastrophe"

ALS in German, signed “Papa,” one page, 8.25 x 11, June 16, 1935. Written from his summer home in Old Lyme, Connecticut, a letter to his eldest son Hans Albert, encouraging him in his research, discussing his own on the atom, and expressing worry in regard to the surging regime of Adolf Hitler. Einstein opens by responding enthusiastically to news of his son's progress in his doctorate in hydraulics (in particular on the path of a stone through moving water), and suggests an experimental test, though he admits it will likely pose some vexation. When offering to support the financial costs of his son's doctorate, Einstein draws upon his own experience: "I can still remember very clearly how difficult I found it to steer the weak financial boat past this cliff." He then addresses his own scientific work: “What I have discovered is that the centrally symmetrical solutions of the neutral mass-point and of the electrical mass can be understood as fields free of singularity. This provides a possibility of constructing a general relativistic theory of atomic processes. The mathematical obstacles however to further exposition are very great.” Einstein transitions to the unsteady international climate: “If Europe continues to react so weakly to Hitlerism, there will be a major catastrophe. They let MacDonald [British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald] economize for too long. Here in America there is a very high unemployment rate among academics, so that there are almost no prospects for you at the moment.” He concludes by further encouraging his son to send an application to Professor Karman at the California Institute of Technology and to learn English, and then announces that he has rented a small sailboat for the summer, which he explains is “the best way to maintain his aged bones.” In fine condition.

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