Marcel Grossmann: For the Love of Mathematics

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Springer, 8 ביוני 2018 - 263 עמודים
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Zurich, summer 1912. Albert Einstein has just returned from Prague to the city on the Limmat. He sends a plea for help to his former fellow student, the mathematician Marcel Grossmann (1878-1936), for he is in need of assistance with the mathematical calculations of his general theory of relativity. What then follows is one of the most fascinating chapters of science history, with far-reaching consequences for the lives of the two friends.

Marcel Grossmann’s granddaughter paints here a picture of a fiery and many-talented scientist and patriot. She traces the influence of an entrepreneurial family during Germany’s rapid industrial expansion in the late 19th century. The family’s fluctuating fortunes take the story to the vibrant city of Budapest on the Danube; they enable readers to sense the pioneering spirit at Zurich’s young Polytechnic Institute (now ETH Zurich) – but also reflect the worries and hardships of the First World War and interwar years.

The Foreword is written by Prof. Remo Ruffini, founder and president of the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and the Marcel Grossmann Meetings. Last but not least, an extensive contribution by Dr. Tilman Sauer offers a scientific-historical appreciation of Marcel Grossmann’s enduring contributions.

 

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1 A Spirit of New Beginnings
1
2 Childhood
13
3 Troubles
21
4 Beginning Again
41
5 Encounters
57
6 Parallels
65
7 A Scientific Cliffhanger
82
8 Dialogues
93
12 Illness
137
13 Rosenau
144
14 Friends
155
15 Marcel
167
EpilogueA ScientificHistorical Assessment
171
Backnotes
194
Joint Papers by A Einstein and M Grossmann
40
Literature
249

9 Anna
105
10 Publications
113
11 Affinities
122

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Claudia Graf-Grossmann is the granddaughter of Marcel Grossmann. Her professional specialty is business economics and communication. In addition to this biography of her grandfather, she has also published a German-language novel. Claudia Graf-Grossmann lives in Switzerland and in France.

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