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Hermann Minkowski
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Born (1864-06-22)22 June 1864
Aleksota (nowadays part of Kaunas), Russian Empire
Died 12 January 1909(1909-01-12) (aged 44)
Nationality German
Alma mater Albertina University of Königsberg
Known for Minkowski space
Minkowski diagram
Scientific career
Fields Mathematician
Institutions University of Göttingen and ETH Zurich

Hermann Minkowski (22 June 1864 in Kaunas – 12 January 1909 in Göttingen) was a German mathematician of Jewish descent. He was one of Albert Einstein's teachers.

Minkowski is perhaps best known for his work in relativity, in which he showed in 1907 that his former student Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity (1905), could be understood geometrically as a theory of four-dimensional space-time, since known as the "Minkowski spacetime".

General relativity
G_{\mu \nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu \nu}= {8\pi G\over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}
Einstein field equations

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