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Springer Biographies

Marcel Grossmann

For the Love of Mathematics

Authors: Graf-Grossmann, Claudia E.

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  • Gives fascinating new insights into Einsteins friendship and collaboration with Grossmann
  • Accessible and gripping reading for the layman and science historian alike
  • Thoroughly researched and written by Marcel Grossmann's granddaughter
  • Includes detailed scientific-historical appreciation by GR expert Tilman Sauer
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About this book

Zurich, summer 1912. Albert Einstein has just returned from Prague to the city on the Limmat. He sends a plea for help to his former fellow student, the mathematician Marcel Grossmann (1878-1936), for he is in need of assistance with the mathematical calculations of his general theory of relativity. What then follows is one of the most fascinating chapters of science history, with far-reaching consequences for the lives of the two friends.

Marcel Grossmann’s granddaughter paints here a picture of a fiery and many-talented scientist and patriot. She traces the influence of an entrepreneurial family during Germany’s rapid industrial expansion in the late 19th century. The family’s fluctuating fortunes take the story to the vibrant city of Budapest on the Danube; they enable readers to sense the pioneering spirit at Zurich’s young Polytechnic Institute (now ETH Zurich) – but also reflect the worries and hardships of the First World War and interwar years.

The Foreword is written by Prof. Remo Ruffini, founder and president of the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and the Marcel Grossmann Meetings. Last but not least, an extensive contribution by Dr. Tilman Sauer offers a scientific-historical appreciation of Marcel Grossmann’s enduring contributions.

About the authors

Claudia Graf-Grossmann is the granddaughter of Marcel Grossmann. Her professional specialty is business economics and communication. In addition to this biography of her grandfather, she has also published a German-language novel. Claudia Graf-Grossmann lives in Switzerland and in France.

Reviews

“This book is interesting for readers who want to learn about Grossmann the person, his family roots and his scientific life. … this book conveys a good impression of the industrial expansion in the late 19th century and of the Wilhemine time in the German-speaking countries, and, since knowledge of the scientific subject is helpful but not required, should be a good read also for a wider audience.” (Manuel Vogel, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 60 (1), 2019)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • A Spirit of New Beginnings

    Pages 1-12

    Graf-Grossmann, Claudia

  • Childhood

    Pages 13-20

    Graf-Grossmann, Claudia

  • Troubles

    Pages 21-40

    Graf-Grossmann, Claudia

  • Beginning Again

    Pages 41-55

    Graf-Grossmann, Claudia

  • Encounters

    Pages 57-64

    Graf-Grossmann, Claudia

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90077-3
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Hardcover $34.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-07928-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marcel Grossmann
Book Subtitle
For the Love of Mathematics
Authors
Translated by
Brewer, W.D.
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90077-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90077-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90076-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07928-4
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 263
Number of Illustrations
90 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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