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    [Nobel Laureate]. Max Born Typed Letter Signed "M. Born." One light-blue page, 8.25" x 5.75", West Germany, April 30, 1965. Max Born, a giant of twentieth-century physics, writes this letter to Kenneth Heuer, the Science editor for Charles Scribner's Sons publishing house in New York. Born explains that, after receiving photocopies of his many previous letters to Albert Einstein, he now needed to make a change to his autobiography, which Scribners had. This change was important, he explained, because "my first text suggested that I had rather wantonly attacked Einstein while actually it was the other way round." Very clean with a smoothed fold. Born writes in full:

    "A few days ago I received from the Executor of Einstein's Will, Mr. Nathan, photocopies of my letters to Einstein. Reading in them I found that a short section of my little autobiography is not quiet correct, namely the report of my last dispute with Einstein (p. 10 of part II). I send you enclosed a new version of this section. Please insert it into the MS instead of the original one. The alteration is important, because my first text suggested that I had rather wantonly attacked Einstein while actually it was the other way round. He attacked me in a Festschrift published in my honour."

    Max Born (1882-1970) met Einstein in Berlin around 1915. The two became personal and professional friends, conversing often and writing many letters of correspondence. Einstein nominated Born for a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928; Born didn't win the prize then, but he did win in 1954. Like Einstein, Born fled Nazi Germany, though he settled in England rather than the United States. Einstein died in 1955.


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