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Electric Charge in Hyperbolic Motion: The Early History (2017)


The study of an electric charge in hyperbolic motion is an important aspect of Minkowski’s geometrical formulation of electrodynamics. In “Space and Time”, his last publication before his premature death, Minkowski gives a brief geometrical recipe for calculating the four-force with which an electric charge acts on another electric charge. The subsequent work of Born, Sommerfeld, Laue, and Pauli filled in the missing derivation details. Here, we bring together these early contributions, in an effort to provide a more modern, accessible, and unified exposition of the early history of the electric charge in hyperbolic motion.

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Authors & Contributors
Kieldsen, Tinne Hoff
Minkowski, Hermann
Norton, John D.
Schirrmacher, Arne
Schlote, Karl-Heinz
Goldstein, Bernard R.
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Physics in Perspective
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Science in Context
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Theoria (0495-4548)
American Mathematical Society
Palgrave Macmillan
Quantum mechanics
Relativity, special
Electricity and Electrical Power
Minkowski, Hermann
Hilbert, David
Einstein, Albert
Debye, Peter Joseph William
Voigt, Woldemar
Neumann, Carl Gottfried
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
United States
Universität Göttingen
University of Chicago

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