Book ID: CBB788145002

Einstein's Italian Mathematicians: Ricci, Levi-civita, and the Birth of General Relativity (2018)


Goodstein, Judith R. (Author)

American Mathematical Society

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 211
Language: English

In the first decade of the twentieth century as Albert Einstein began formulating a revolutionary theory of gravity, the Italian mathematician Gregorio Ricci was entering the later stages of what appeared to be a productive if not particularly memorable career, devoted largely to what his colleagues regarded as the dogged development of a mathematical language he called the absolute differential calculus. In 1912, the work of these two dedicated scientists would intersect-and physics and mathematics would never be the same. Einstein's Italian Mathematicians chronicles the lives and intellectual contributions of Ricci and his brilliant student Tullio Levi-Civita, including letters, interviews, memoranda, and other personal and professional papers, to tell the remarkable, little-known story of how two Italian academicians, of widely divergent backgrounds and temperaments, came to provide the indispensable mathematical foundation-today known as the tensor calculus-for general relativity.

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Review Massimiliano Badino (2019) Review of "Einstein's Italian Mathematicians: Ricci, Levi-civita, and the Birth of General Relativity". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 845-846). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Renn, Jürgen
Gray, Jeremy
Gutfreund, Hanoch
Rowe, David E.
Eisenstaedt, Jean
Nastasi, Pietro
Physics in Perspective
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Historia Mathematica
Journal of Dialectics of Nature
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Princeton University Press
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
The MIT Press
Relativity, general
Philosophy of science
Relativity, special
Einstein, Albert
Levi-Civita, Tullio
Hilbert, David
Klein, Oskar Benjamin
Weyl, Hermann
Riemann, Georg Friedrich Bernhard
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
United States
Cracow (Poland)
Princeton University
Uniwersytet Lwowski (Lwów, Poland)

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