David Hilbert and the axiomatization of physics (1894–1905)

  title={David Hilbert and the axiomatization of physics (1894–1905)},
  author={L. Corry},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • L. Corry
  • Published 1997
  • Physics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Le mathematicien D. Hilbert demontra les analogies entre la geometrie et les sciences physiques telles que la thermodynamique, la mecanique, l'electrodynamique et la cinetique des gaz, grâce a une approche axiomatique fondee sur les theories mathematiques 
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