The Symbolic Universe: Geometry and Physics 1890-1930

Hardcover | June 1, 1999

EditorJeremy J. Gray

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With the development of the theory of relativity by Albert Einstein, physics underwent a revolution at the end of the 19th century. The boundaries of research were extended still further when in 1907-8 Minkowski applied geometrical ideas to this area of physics. This in turn opened the door toother researchers seeking to use non-Euclidean geometrical methods in relativity, and many notable mathematicians did so, Weyl in particular linking these ideas with broader philosophical issues in mathematics. The Symbolic Universe gives an overview of this exciting era, giving a full account forthe first time of Minkowski's geometric reformulation of the theory of special relativity.

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With the development of the theory of relativity by Albert Einstein, physics underwent a revolution at the end of the 19th century. The boundaries of research were extended still further when in 1907-8 Minkowski applied geometrical ideas to this area of physics. This in turn opened the door toother researchers seeking to use non-Euclid...

Dr Jeremy J. Gray, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Computing, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. j.j.gray@open.ac.uk

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART IIntroductionGeometrizing configurations. Heinrich Hertz and his mathematical precursorsEinstein, Poincare, and the testability of geometryGeometry-formalisms and intuitionsPART IIIntroductionThe non-Euclidean style of Minkowskian relativityGeometries in collision: Einstein, Klein and RiemannHilbert and physics (1900-1915)The Gottingen response to general relativity and Emmy Noether's theoremsPART IIIIntroductionRicci and Levi-Civita: from differential invariants to general relativityWeyl and the theory of connections

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