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Hermann Minkowski

German mathematician and physicist (1864–1909) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Hermann Minkowski (/mɪŋˈkɔːfski, -ˈkɒf-/;[2] German: [mɪŋˈkɔfski]; 22 June 1864 – 12 January 1909) was a German mathematician and professor at Königsberg, Zürich and Göttingen. He created and developed the geometry of numbers and used geometrical methods to solve problems in number theory, mathematical physics, and the theory of relativity.

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Hermann Minkowski
Born(1864-06-22)22 June 1864
Died12 January 1909(1909-01-12) (aged 44)
CitizenshipRussian Empire[1] or Germany
Alma materAlbertina University of Königsberg
Known for
SpouseAuguste Adler
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, physics, philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Göttingen and ETH Zurich
Doctoral advisorFerdinand von Lindemann
Doctoral studentsConstantin Carathéodory
Louis Kollros
Dénes Kőnig

Minkowski is perhaps best known for his foundational work describing space and time as a four-dimensional space, now known as "Minkowski spacetime", which facilitated geometric interpretations of Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity (1905).

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