 


The Origin of Spacetime Physics, 2nd ed.
(Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2023), 294 pages.
ISBN: 9781998902002 (ebook)  $8.00
ISBN: 9781989970980 (softcover)  $23.00
ISBN: 9781989970997 (hardcover)  $30.00
With a Foreword by Abhay Ashtekar
Edited by Vesselin Petkov
Published on 30 January 2023
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Description:
This collection includes 14 papers that laid the foundations of spacetime physics:
 H. A. Lorentz, Michelson's Interference Experiment
 H. A. Lorentz, Electromagnetic Phenomena in a System Moving with any Velocity Smaller than that of Light
 H. Poincaré, Sur la dynamique de l'électron (5 June 1905)
 H. Poincaré, Sur la dynamique de l'électron (23 July 1905)
 A. Einstein, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies
 A. Einstein, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content?
 H. Minkowski, The Fundamental Equations for Electromagnetic Processes in Moving Bodies
 H. Minkowski, Space and Time
 A. Einstein, On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light
 A. Einstein, The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity
 A. Einstein, Cosmological Considerations on the General Theory of Relativity
 W. de Sitter, On the Curvature of Space
 A. A. Friedmann, On the Curvature of Space
 G. Lemaître, A Homogeneous Universe of Constant Mass and Increasing Radius Accounting for the Radial Velocity of ExtraGalactic Nebulae
What is new in the 2nd ed.:
There are two additions in the second edition:
 Minkowski's 59page treatise "The Fundamental Equations for Electromagnetic Processes in Moving Bodies" (reported in 1907 and published in 1908), where he presented his epochmaking ideas, at which he arrived independently of Einstein and Poincaré, and singlehandedly developed the fourdimensional formalism of spacetime physics.
 Editor's Epilogue: "The Quadruple Scientific Tragedy involved in the Discovery of Spacetime Physics" at the end of this Collection, discussing four different scientific tragedies involving Hendrik Lorentz, Henri Poincaré, Albert Einstein and Hermann Minkowski whose work essentially laid the foundations of spacetime physics.
Some long footnotes in the first edition were incorporated in the Editor's Epilogue.
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