Minkowski on mathematician and physicist

十二月 19, 2012

Minkowski concluded this section with a remark that
clarifies his understanding of the basic motivations behind Einstein’s contribution to the
latest developments in electrodynamics: mathematicians—Minkowski said—accustomed
as they are to discuss many-dimensional manifolds and non-Euclidean geometries, will
have no serious difficulties in adapting their concept of time to the new one, implied by
the application of the Lorentz transformation; on the other hand, the task of making physical
sense out of the essence of these transformations had been addressed by Einstein in the
introduction to his 1905 relativity article.26