TY - CHAP

T1 - Hermann Minkowski, Relativity and the Axiomatic Approach to Physics

AU - Corry, Leo

N1 - Reprint

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - This article surveys the general background to Minkowski's incursion into relativity, of which Einstein's work represented just one side. Special attention is paid to the idiosyncratic, rich, and complex interaction between mathematics and physics, that stood at the center of attention of the Gttingen mathematicians since the turn of the twentieth century. In particular the article explains Minkowski's formulation of special relativity in terms of space-time against the background of David Hilbert's program for the axiomatization of physics. In addition, the article sheds light on the changing attitudes of Einstein towards mathematics, in the wake of Minkowski's work, and his increasing willingness to attribute significance to mathematical formalism in developing physical theories.

AB - This article surveys the general background to Minkowski's incursion into relativity, of which Einstein's work represented just one side. Special attention is paid to the idiosyncratic, rich, and complex interaction between mathematics and physics, that stood at the center of attention of the Gttingen mathematicians since the turn of the twentieth century. In particular the article explains Minkowski's formulation of special relativity in terms of space-time against the background of David Hilbert's program for the axiomatization of physics. In addition, the article sheds light on the changing attitudes of Einstein towards mathematics, in the wake of Minkowski's work, and his increasing willingness to attribute significance to mathematical formalism in developing physical theories.

U2 - 10.1007/978-90-481-3475-5_1

DO - 10.1007/978-90-481-3475-5_1

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SN - 978-90-481-3475-5

T3 - Fundamental Theories of Physics

SP - 3

EP - 41

BT - Minkowski Spacetime:

A2 - Petkov, Vesselin

PB - Springer Netherlands

CY - Dordrecht

ER -