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Hermann Minkowski
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Personal life and family
Hermann Minkowski was born in the town of Aleksota, the SuwaÅ‚ki Governorate, the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire, Lithuania, to Lewin Boruch Minkowski, a merchant who subsidized the building of the choral synagogue in Kovno,Ð. Ð˜. Ð¥Ð°ÐµÑˆ Â«ÐšÐ¾Ñ€Ð¾Ð±Ð¾Ñ‡Ð½Ð¾Ðµ Ð´ÐµÐ»Ð¾Ð¿Ñ€Ð¾Ð¸Ð·Ð²Ð¾Ð´ÑÑ‚Ð²Ð¾ ÐºÐ°Ðº Ð¸ÑÑ‚Ð¾Ñ‡Ð½Ð¸Ðº ÑÐ²ÐµÐ´ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð¹ Ð¾ Ð¶Ð¸Ð·Ð½Ð¸ ÐµÐ²Ñ€ÐµÐ¹ÑÐºÐ¸Ñ… Ð¾Ð±Ñ‰ÐµÑÑ‚Ð² Ð¸ Ð¸Ñ… Ð¿ÐµÑ€ÑÐ¾Ð½Ð°Ð»ÑŒÐ½Ð¾Ð¼ ÑÐ¾ÑÑ‚Ð°Ð²ÐµÂ»: 1873 Ð³. Â«...ÐºÑƒÐ¿ÐµÑ† Ð›ÐµÐ²Ð¸Ð½ ÐœÐ¸Ð½ÐºÐ¾Ð²ÑÐºÐ¸Ð¹ Ð¿Ð¾Ð´Ð°Ñ€Ð¸Ð» Ð¼Ð¾Ð»Ð¸Ñ‚Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾Ð¼Ñƒ Ð¾Ð±Ñ‰ÐµÑÑ‚Ð²Ñƒ Ð¿Ñ€Ð¸ ÐšÐ¾Ð²ÐµÐ½ÑÐºÐ¾Ð¼ ÐºÐ°Ð·Ñ‘Ð½Ð½Ð¾Ð¼ ÐµÐ²Ñ€ÐµÐ¹ÑÐºÐ¾Ð¼ ÑƒÑ‡Ð¸Ð»Ð¸Ñ‰Ðµ Ð½Ð°Ñ‡Ð°Ñ‚ÑƒÑŽ Ð¸Ð¼... Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑ‚Ñ€Ð¾Ð¹ÐºÐ¾Ð¹ Ð¼Ð¾Ð»Ð¸Ñ‚Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑƒÑŽ ÑˆÐºÐ¾Ð»Ñƒ Ð²Ð¼ÐµÑÑ‚Ðµ Ñ Ð¿Ð»Ð°Ñ†ÐµÐ¼, Ñ Ñ‚ÐµÐ¼, Ñ‡Ñ‚Ð¾Ð±Ñ‹ Ð¾Ð±Ñ‰ÐµÑÑ‚Ð²Ð¾ ÑÑ‚Ð¾ Ð¾Ð·Ð°Ð±Ð¾Ñ‚Ð¸Ð»Ð°ÑÑŒ Ð¾ÐºÐ¾Ð½Ñ‡Ð°Ð½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼ Ñ‚Ð°ÐºÐ¾Ð²Ð¾Ð¹ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑ‚Ñ€Ð¾Ð¹ÐºÐ¸. ÐžÐ±Ñ‰ÐµÑÑ‚Ð²Ð¾, Ñ€Ð°ÑÐ¿Ð¾Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð°Ñ ÑÑ€ÐµÐ´ÑÑ‚Ð²Ð°Ð¼Ð¸ Ð´Ð¾Ð±Ñ€Ð¾Ð²Ð¾Ð»ÑŒÐ½Ñ‹Ñ… Ð¿Ð¾Ð¶ÐµÑ€Ñ‚Ð²Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ð¹, Ð²Ð¾Ð·Ð²ÐµÐ»Ð¾ ÑƒÐ¶Ðµ ÑÑ‚Ð¾ Ð·Ð´Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ðµ Ð¿Ð¾Ð´ ÐºÑ€Ñ‹ÑˆÑƒ, Ð½Ð¾ Ð·Ð°Ñ‚ÐµÐ¼ ÑÑ€ÐµÐ´ÑÑ‚Ð²Ð° ÑÐ¸Ð¸ Ð¸ÑÑ‚Ð¾Ñ‰Ð¸Ð»Ð¸ÑÑŒ...Â»WEB,weblink Kaunas: dates and facts. Electronic directory., WEB,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150108144042weblink">weblink January 8, 2015,weblink Box-Tax Paperwork Records, Kovno. In 1873 the merchant kupez, Levin Minkovsky, gave (as a gift) to the prayer association of the Kovno state Jewish school a lot with an ongoing construction of a prayer school that (the construction) he had started so that the association would take care of completing the construction. The association, having some funds from voluntary contributions, had built the structure up to the roof, but then, ran out of money, and Rachel Taubmann, both of Jewish descent.WEB,weblink Minkowski biography, Hermann was a younger brother of the medical researcher Oskar (born 1858).Oskar Minkowski (1858â€“1931). The Jewish genealogy site JewishGen.org (Lithuania database, registration required) contains the birth record in the Kovno rabbinical books of Hermann's younger brother Tuvia in 1868 to Boruch Yakovlevich Minkovsky and his wife Rakhil Isaakovna Taubman.In different sources Minkowski's nationality is variously given as German,BOOK, Gregersen, Erik, The Britannica Guide to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, 2010, Britannica Educational Pub. Association with Rosen Educational Services, New York, N.Y., 978-1-61530-383-0, 201, 1st, BOOK, Bracher, Katherine, etal, Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, 2007, Springer, New York, NY, 978-0-387-30400-7, 787, Online, Polish,BOOK, N. Katherine, Hayles, The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century, Cornell University Press, 1984, 46, 978-0-8014-1742-9, BOOK, K. J., Falconer, Fractals: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2013, 119, 978-0-19-967598-2, BOOK, Adrian, Bardon, A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time, Oxford University Press, 2013, 68, 978-0-19-930108-9, or Lithuanian-German,BOOK, Yeshua, Jacob E., Safra, Ilan, EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica, 2003, EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica, Chicago, Ill., 978-0-85229-961-6, 665, New, or Russian.BOOK, Encyclopedia of Earth and Physical Sciences, 1998, Marshall Cavendish, New York, 9780761405511, 1203, To escape persecution in Russia the family moved to KÃ¶nigsberg in 1872,WEB,weblink Hormones.gr, where the father became involved in rag export and later in manufacture of mechanical clockwork tin toys (he operated his firm Lewin Minkowski & Son with his eldest son Max).Report of the Federal Security Agency (p. 183);Tyra lithographed tin toy dog;Rudolph Leo Bernhard Minkowski: A Biographical MemoirMinkowski studied in KÃ¶nigsberg and taught in Bonn (1887â€“1894), KÃ¶nigsberg (1894â€“1896) and Zurich (1896â€“1902), and finally in GÃ¶ttingen from 1902 until his death in 1909. He married Auguste Adler in 1897 with whom he had two daughters; the electrical engineer and inventor Reinhold Rudenberg was his son-in-law.Minkowski died suddenly of appendicitis in GÃ¶ttingen on 12 January 1909. David Hilbert's obituary of Minkowski illustrates the deep friendship between the two mathematicians (translated):
Since my student years Minkowski was my best, most dependable friend who supported me with all the depth and loyalty that was so characteristic of him. Our science, which we loved above all else, brought us together; it seemed to us a garden full of flowers. In it, we enjoyed looking for hidden pathways and discovered many a new perspective that appealed to our sense of beauty, and when one of us showed it to the other and we marveled over it together, our joy was complete. He was for me a rare gift from heaven and I must be grateful to have possessed that gift for so long. Now death has suddenly torn him from our midst. However, what death cannot take away is his noble image in our hearts and the knowledge that his spirit continues to be active in us.
Max Born delivered the obituary on behalf of the mathematics students at GÃ¶ttingen.{{sfn|Greenspan|2005|pp=42â€“43}}The main-belt asteroid 12493 Minkowski and M-matrices are named in Minkowski's honor.Education and career
File:Hermann Minkowski.png|thumb|upright|Minkowski in 1883, at the time of being awarded the Mathematics Prize of the French Academy of SciencesFrench Academy of SciencesMinkowski was educated in East Prussia at the Albertina University of KÃ¶nigsberg, where he earned his doctorate in 1885 under the direction of Ferdinand von Lindemann. In 1883, while still a student at KÃ¶nigsberg, he was awarded the Mathematics Prize of the French Academy of Sciences for his manuscript on the theory of quadratic forms. He also became a friend of another renowned mathematician, David Hilbert. His brother, Oskar Minkowski (1858â€“1931), was a well-known physician and researcher.Minkowski taught at the universities of Bonn, GÃ¶ttingen, KÃ¶nigsberg, and ZÃ¼rich. At the EidgenÃ¶ssische Polytechnikum, today the ETH Zurich, he was one of Einstein's teachers.Minkowski explored the arithmetic of quadratic forms, especially concerning n variables, and his research into that topic led him to consider certain geometric properties in a space of n dimensions. In 1896, he presented his geometry of numbers, a geometrical method that solved problems in number theory. He is also the creator of the Minkowski Sausage and the Minkowski cover of a curve."Minkowski Sausage", WolframAlphaIn 1902, he joined the Mathematics Department of GÃ¶ttingen and became a close colleague of David Hilbert, whom he first met at university in KÃ¶nigsberg. Constantin CarathÃ©odory was one of his students there.Work on relativity
{{Further|Minkowski space|Minkowski diagram}}By 1908 Minkowski realized that the special theory of relativity, introduced by his former student Albert Einstein in 1905 and based on the previous work of Lorentz and PoincarÃ©, could best be understood in a four-dimensional space, since known as the "Minkowski spacetime", in which time and space are not separated entities but intermingled in a four-dimensional spaceâ€“time, and in which the Lorentz geometry of special relativity can be effectively represented using the invariant interval x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - c^2 t^2 (see History of special relativity).The mathematical basis of Minkowski space can also be found in the hyperboloid model of hyperbolic space already known in the 19th century, because isometries (or motions) in hyperbolic space can be related to Lorentz transformations, which included contributions of Wilhelm Killing (1880, 1885), Henri PoincarÃ© (1881), Homersham Cox (1881), Alexander Macfarlane (1894) and others (see History of Lorentz transformations).The beginning part of his address called "Space and Time" delivered at the 80th Assembly of German Natural Scientists and Physicians (21 September 1908) is now famous:The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.Publications
- Relativity
- JOURNAL, 10.1002/andp.19153521505, Minkowski, Hermann
- JOURNAL, Minkowski, Hermann, 1908, Die Grundgleichungen fÃ¼r die elektromagnetischen VorgÃ¤nge in bewegten KÃ¶rpern, Nachrichten der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu GÃ¶ttingen, Mathematisch-Physikalische Klasse
- English translation: "s:Translat". In: The Principle of Relativity (1920), Calcutta: University Press, 1â€“69.
- JOURNAL, Minkowski, Hermann, 1909, Raum und Zeit, Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung
- Various English translations on Wikisource: "s:Space and Time|Space and Time]]".
- Blumenthal O. (ed): Das RelativitÃ¤tsprinzip, Leipzig 1913, 1923 (Teubner), Engl tr (W. Perrett & G. B. Jeffrey) The Principle of Relativity London 1923 (Methuen); reprinted New York 1952 (Dover) entitled H. A. Lorentz, Albert Einstein, Hermann Minkowski, and Hermann Weyl, The Principle of Relativity: A Collection of Original Memoirs.
- Space and Time â€“ Minkowski's Papers on Relativity, Minkowski Institute Press, 2012 {{ISBN|978-0-9879871-3-6}} (free ebook).
- Diophantine approximations
- BOOK, Minkowski, Hermann, Hermann Minkowski, Diophantische Approximationen: Eine EinfÃ¼hrung in die Zahlentheorie, Leipzig-Berlin, R. G. Teubner, 1907,weblink 2016-02-28, JOURNAL, Dickson, L. E., Leonard Eugene Dickson, Review: Diophantische Approximationen. Eine EinfÃ¼hrung in die Zahlentheorie von Hermann Minkowski, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 1909, 15, 5, 251â€“252,weblink 10.1090/s0002-9904-1909-01753-7,
- Mathematical (posthumous)
- JOURNAL, Minkowski, Hermann, Hermann Minkowski, Geometrie der Zahlen,weblink B. G. Teubner Verlag, Leipzig-Berlin, 0249269, 1910, 2016-02-28, JOURNAL, Dickson, L. E., Review: Geometrie der Zahlen von Hermann Minkowski, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 1914, 21, 3, 131â€“132, 10.1090/s0002-9904-1914-02597-2,
- BOOK, Minkowski, Hermann, Hermann Minkowski, Gesammelte Abhandlungen 2 vols, Leipzig-Berlin, R. G. Teubner, 1911,weblink 2016-02-28, JOURNAL, Wilson, E. B., Edwin Bidwell Wilson, Review: Gesammelte Abhandlungen von Hermann Minkowski, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 1915, 21, 8, 409â€“412, 10.1090/s0002-9904-1915-02658-3, Reprinted in one volume New York, Chelsea 1967.
See also
{{div col|colwidth=25em}}- Abrahamâ€“Minkowski controversy
- Brunnâ€“Minkowski theorem
- Hasseâ€“Minkowski theorem
- Minkowski addition
- Minkowski (crater)
- Minkowski functional
- Minkowski inequality
- Minkowski problem
- Minkowski Sausage
- Minkowski space
- Minkowski's bound
- Minkowski's theorem in geometry of numbers
- Minkowskiâ€“Bouligand dimension
- Minkowskiâ€“Hlawka theorem
- Minkowskiâ€“Steiner formula
- Separating axis theorem
- Smithâ€“Minkowskiâ€“Siegel mass formula
Notes
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