Hermann Minkowski

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Hermann Minkowski

Born 22 June 1864(1864-06-22)
Aleksota, Russian Empire
Died 12 January 1909(1909-01-12) (aged 44)
Göttingen, German Empire
Nationality German
Fields Mathematician
Institutions University of Göttingen and ETH Zurich
Alma mater Albertina University of Königsberg
Known for Minkowski space
Minkowski diagram

Hermann Minkowski (Russia, 22 June 1864 – Göttingen, 12 January 1909) was a German mathematician. He was one of Albert Einstein's teachers.

Minkowski is perhaps best known for his work in relativity, in which he showed in 1907 that his former student Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity (1905), could be understood geometrically as a theory of four-dimensional space-time, since known as the "Minkowski spacetime".[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Minkowski, Hermann (1907/1915). Das Relativitätsprinzip. Annalen der Physik 352 (15): 927–938.
  2. H.A. Lorentz, Albert Einstein, Hermann Minkowski and Hermann Weyl 1952. The principle of relativity: a collection of original memoirs. New York: Dover.


General relativity
G_{\mu \nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu \nu}= {8\pi G\over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}
Einstein field equations