How did Minkowski discover spacetime?

Genre
Conference Talk
Subject Areas
Creator
Scott Walter
Contributor

Walter’s lecture is about the discovery of the description of spacetime by Minkowksi. He initially understood the geometry of relativity in terms of the hyperbolic geometry of velocity vectors, not in terms of worldlines and proper time. A correct definition of simultaneity and proper time is vital for this discovery. This idea, that Euclidean geometry has to be abandoned to describe physical phenomena took some time to be widely accepted by physicists.

Type
Sound
Source
Original Publisher
Extent
1 CD
Location
Mainz, Germany
Language
English
Media Status
Online