Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909

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German mathematician (mathematical physics). Affiliations: University of Königsberg, Ph. D. 1885; University of Bonn, 1885-1894; University of Königsberg 1894-1896; ETH Zürich 1896-1902; University of Göttingen, o. professor 1902-1909.

From the description of Papers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84584433

Minkowski was born on June 22, 1864 of German parents in Alexotas, Russia; was the joint winner of the Paris Academy of Sciences Grand Prix des Sciences Mathématiques in 1883; attended University of Berlin and University of Königsberg, where he received his doctorate in 1885; he taught at Bonn until 1894, then returned to Königsberg for two years; taught at Zurich from 1896-1902, and then at Göttingen, where he taught until his death; developed what he called the "geometry of numbers;" worked in mathematical physics the last years of his life, when he participated in the movement of ideas that led to the theory of relativity; publications include Geometrie der Zahlen (1896), Diophantische approximationen (1907), and Gesammelte abhandlungen (1911); he died on Jan. 12, 1909 in Göttingen, Germany.

From the description of Mathematical notebooks, 1886-1905. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 41481757

Mathematician (geometry of numbers, quadratic forms). On mathematics faculty of Universität Bonn, 1885-1894; Universität Zürich, 1896-1902; and Universität Göttingen, 1902-1909.

From the description of Notebooks, 1882-1906. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78770498

From the description of Notebooks, 1882-1906. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83715386

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Minkowski was born on June 22, 1864 of German parents in Alexotas, Russia; was the joint winner of the Paris Academy of Sciences Grand Prix des Sciences Mathématiques in 1883; attended University of Berlin and University of Königsberg, where he received his doctorate in 1885; he taught at Bonn until 1894, then returned to Königsberg for two years; taught at Zurich from 1896-1902, and then at Göttingen, where he taught until his death; developed what he called the “geometry of numbers”; worked in mathematical physics the last years of his life, when he participated in the movement of ideas that led to the theory of relativity; publications include Geometrie der Zahlen (1896), Diophantische approximationen (1907), and Gesammelte abhandlungen (1911); he died on January 12, 1909 in Göttingen, Germany.

From the guide to the H. Minkowski Mathematical Notebooks, 1886-1905, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.)

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referencedIn Hurwitz, Adolf, 1859-1919. Correspondence. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Zahlentheorie / H. Minkowski. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf H. Minkowski Mathematical Notebooks, 1886-1905 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Papers. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Notebooks, 1882-1906. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Zahlentheorie / H. Minkowski. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk), 1898-1950 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Burbidge, E. Margaret. Oral history interview with Margaret Burbidge, 1978 July 13. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Courant, Richard, 1888-1972. Oral history interview with Richard Courant, 1962 May 9. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Notebooks, 1882-1906. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Mathematical notebooks, 1886-1905. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Minkowski, H. (Hermann), 1864-1909. Papers. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Walter, Scott A. Hermann Minkowski et la mathématisation de la théorie de la relativité restreinte, 1905-1915, 1996. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Mayall Symposium : (1971). Symposium honoring the retirement of N. V. Mayall as director of Kitt Peak National Observatory [sound recording] American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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Forms, Quadratic
Mathematics
Hydrodynamics
Algebra
Geometry
Mechanics
Mathematicians--Archival resources
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Birth 1864-06-22

Death 1909-01-12

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