A Look Back at Hermann Minkowski's Cologne Lecture "Raum und Zeit"

Rowe, David E.
March 2009
Mathematical Intelligencer;Spring2009, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p27
Academic Journal
The article discusses the life and work of mathematicians Hermann Minkowski and David Hilbert. It explores their respective works where Hilbert was considered as a master builder as he focused on building a theory while Minkowski is described as inventive and with a temperament of an artist. They both grow in Königsberg, Germany where they develop a sense of appreciation of mathematics. Moreover, the author cites Minkowski's contribution to the theory of relativity.


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