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Einstein's Italian Mathematicians : Ricci, Levi-Civita, and the Birth of General Relativity, Paperback / softback Book

Einstein's Italian Mathematicians : Ricci, Levi-Civita, and the Birth of General Relativity Paperback / softback

Part of the Monograph Books series

Paperback / softback


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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