What is missing from Minkowski's “Raum und Zeit” lecture

@article{Damour2008WhatIM,
  title={What is missing from Minkowski's “Raum und Zeit” lecture},
  author={Thibault Damour},
  journal={Annalen der Physik},
  year={2008},
  volume={17},
  pages={619-630}
}
  • Thibault Damour
  • Published 2008
  • Physics
  • Annalen der Physik
  • This contribution tries to highlight the importance of Minkowski's “Raum und Zeit” lecture in a “negative” way, where negative is taken in the photographic sense of reversing lights and shades. Indeed, we focus on the “shades” of Minkowski's text, i.e. what is missing, or misunderstood. In particular, we focus on two issues: (i) why are Poincare's pioneering contributions to four-dimensional geometry not quoted by Minkowski (while he abundantly quoted them a few months before the Cologne… CONTINUE READING

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