Speakers and Contributions

Edward Anderson
(University of Cambridge, UK)

Relational dynamics

Julian Barbour
(College Farm, South Newington, UK)

Was spacetime a glorious historical accident?

Frauke Böttcher
(Universität zu Köln, Germany)

The notion of space in the 18th century

Helmut Friedrich
(Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam, Germany)

Global structure of spacetime in general relativity

Domenico Giulini
(Universität Freiburg, Germany)

The structure of geometrodynamics

Hubert Goenner
(Universität Göttingen, Germany)

On the history of geometrization from Minkowski to Finsler geometry

Friedrich Hehl
(Universität zu Köln, Germany)

Metric-affine theories of gravity

Claus Kiefer
(Universität zu Köln, Germany)

Concepts of space and time in quantum gravity

Renate Loll
(Universität Utrecht, Netherlands)

The quantum origin of spacetime

Jesper Lützen
(Universität Kopenhagen, Denmark)

Physics and geometry before Minkowski

The talk of Jesper Lützen is based on his following texts:

  • Interactions between mechanics and differential geometry in the 19th century. Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 49(1),pp. 1-72.
  • Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form: Heinrich Hertz's Principles of Mechanics. Oxford University Press 2005.

Philippe Nabonnand
(Archives Henri Poincaré, Universität Nancy II, France)

La quatrième géométrie de Poincaré

Hermann Nicolai
(Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam, Germany)

Spacetime, singularities, and symmetries

Hans-Peter Nilles
(Universität Bonn, Germany)

Higher-dimensional space-time and the unification of   fundamental interactions

David Rowe
(Universität Mainz, Germany)

On Minkowski's contributions to the special theory of relativity

Erhard Scholz
(Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany)

Engelbert Schücking
(Department of Physics, New York University, USA)

Einstein's apple

Frank Steiner
(Universität Ulm, Germany)

The topology of the universe

Friedrich Steinle
(Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany)

Early electrodynamics and concept of space

Norbert Straumann
(Universität Zürich, Switzerland)

Unitary representations of the inhomogeneous Lorentz group and their significance for quantum physics

Klaus Volkert
(Universität zu Köln, Germany)

The history of space: from Legendre to Minkwoski

Scott Walter
(Archives Henri Poincaré, Universität Nancy II, France)

The scandal of spacetime


Frauke Böttcher 2008-09-03