13 July 2016
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955), and others. The undergraduate registration book ('Anmeldebuch') of Walter Gordon (1893-1939, physicist)
in the faculty of philosophy of the Königliche Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin, 16 April 1913 - 3 March 1916.
Signed by his professors at the faculty including ALBERT EINSTEIN FOR HIS COURSE ON RELATIVITY THEORY ('Einstein', dated in autograph 20 May ), MAX PLANCK (13 signatures) and others (two further Einstein signatures, for a further course on relativity and another on statistical mechanics, neatly excised, though leaving Einstein's autograph dating '26/11[/1914]'). On the printed pages of the Anmeldebuch, 10 leaves, 8vo, card wrappers (the wrappers rather worn). [Together with] Gordon's graduation certificate ('Abgangszeugnis'), 19 November 1921, reciting the courses he attended from 1913 to 1921, including a further course on statistics and quantum theory taught by Einstein in the winter semester 1917-18, and noting his absence on military service in 1916-17. Four leaves, stitched.
Einstein's signature confirming Gordon's attendance at his class on relativity theory coincides with the last phase of his work on the theory of general relativity, published in November 1915. After his graduation, Walter Gordon went on to work as assistant to Max von Laue, and in 1926 collaborated with Oskar Klein in proposing the Klein-Gordon equation, a relativistic version of the Schrödinger equation.
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