Quotations by Hermann Minkowski


From henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, have vanished into the merest shadows and only a kind of blend of the two exists in its own right.
Quoted in J R Newman, The World of Mathematics (New York 1956).

The mathematical education of the young physicist [Albert Einstein] was not very solid, which I am in a good position to evaluate since he obtained it from me in Zurich some time ago.


JOC/EFR February 2006

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