They said if we bring Einstein here, people will look at this and say Berlin is where the action is.
It's worth whatever it takes to get him here.
On July 11, 1913, two men arrived at Zurich train station, Max Planck and Walther Nernst, a renowned German chemist.
They are hoping that a personal appeal will pursuade the rebellious young scientist to return to his German homeland.
Two men, middle aged guys in dark clothes, get off the train and they go find Einstein.
They are so different.
Max Planck is very proper Prussian, always very well dressed and well-groomed,
wearing the monocle, talking in very formal tones.
And then there is Einstein in his refusing, even back then,
to comb his hair and dressed in, you know,
sort of old coats and however he feels like I already starting not to wear socks.
They made a great offer to him.
He will be a professor at the University of Berlin.
He will be a member of the Prussian Academy.
He won't really have to teach classes.
He will have all the research help he needs.
It was Max Planck. It was Nernst.