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   Hermann Minkowski, Spacetime: Minkowski's Papers on Spacetime Physics (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2020), 215 pages.

ISBN 978-1-927763-87-2 (ebook) $8
ISBN 978-1-927763-86-5 (softcover) $18
ISBN 978-1-989970-43-0 (hardcover) $27

Translated from the German by Gregorie Dupuis-Mc Donald, Fritz Lewertoff and Vesselin Petkov

Edited with an Introduction by Vesselin Petkov

Published on 19 March 2020

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This volume contains Hermann Minkowski's four works, which laid the foundations of spacetime physics. In some sense it can be regarded as a second expanded edition of the first book published by the Minkowski Institute Press - H. Minkowski, Space and Time: Minkowski's papers on relativity (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2012) - which included Minkowski's three papers published by him. Now, in addition to those papers, this volume also contains Minkowski's fourth paper assembled and published by Minkowski's student Max Born in 1910. The volume is the first publication (in German or English) of Hermann Minkowski's four papers on spacetime physics together:

  • The Relativity Principle - lecture given at the meeting of the Göttingen Mathematical Society on November 5, 1907. This is the first English translation (by Fritz Lewertoff).

  • The Fundamental Equations for Electromagnetic Processes in Moving Bodies - lecture given at the meeting of the Göttingen Scientific Society on December 21, 1907. New translation (by Vesselin Petkov).

  • Space and Time - lecture given at the 80th Meeting of Natural Scientists in Cologne on September 21, 1908. New translation (by Vesselin Petkov).

  • A Derivation of the Fundamental Equations for the Electromagnetic Processes in Moving Bodies from the Standpoint of the Theory of Electrons (Eine Ableitung der Grundgleichungen für die elektromagnetischen Vorgänge in bewegten Körpern vom Standpunkte der Elektronentheorie), This work contains Minkowski's notes that were assembled together by Minkowski's student Max Born and published in 1910 (a year after Minkowski's death) - Mathematische Annalen volume 68, pages 526-551 (1910). This is the first English translation (by Gregorie Dupuis-Mc Donald).

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Editor's Introduction (55 pages)

The free (pdf) version (based on the first edition of this volume with Minkowski's three papers published by him), which contains Minkowski's groundbreaking paper Space and Time, an Introduction and the first pages of the other two papers, is available here. A free epub version is available at Apple's iBookstore.