The Origin of Hilbert's Axiomatic Method

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This chapter examines how Hilbert’s axiomatic approach gradually consolidated over the last decade of the nineteenth century. It goes on to explore the way this approach was actually manifest in its earlier implementations.
Although geometry was not Hilbert’s main area of interest before 1900, he did teach several courses on this topic back in Königsberg and then in Göttingen. His lecture notes allow an illuminating foray into the development of Hilbert’s ideas and they cast light on how his axiomatic views developed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe genesis of general relativity
Subtitle of host publicationGravitation in the twilight of classical physics : the promise of mathematics
EditorsJürgen Renn
Number of pages98
ISBN (Print)9781402040009; 9781402039997
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

Name Boston studies in the philosophy of science


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