## First Hermann Minkowski Meeting on the Foundations of Spacetime Physics

**The latest book published by the Minkowski Institute Press**

(18 December 2016):

Arthur S. Eddington, *The Mathematical Theory of Relativity* (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2016)

One of the reasons for launching the initiative “Identifying Foundational Knowledge” by the Minkowski Institute:

The Minkowski Institute launches a new initiative:

Identifying Foundational Knowledge

In May 2017, to mark the 110th anniversary of Hermann Minkowski’s two lectures on relativity (given in 1907), which presented the novel ideas and the mathematical formalism of the four-dimensional physics of spacetime (summarized in Minkowski’s famous lecture *Space and Time* a year later), the Minkowski Institute initiates a biennial series of meetings bringing together experts (mostly physicists and mathematicians) on the foundations of spacetime physics (and beginners in the field as well):

Hermann Minkowski Meetings on the Foundations of Spacetime Physics

Fourth International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime

**The latest book published by the Minkowski Institute Press**

(21 December 2015):

V. K. Frederiks, A. A. Friedmann, *Foundations of the Theory of Relativity: Volume 1 Tensor Calculus *(Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal), 182 pages.

**Description:**

To mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general relativity the Minkowski Institute Press publishes the first English translation of a very rare book on general relativity (its only Russian publication was in 1924), which turned out to be the last book by A. A. Friedmann (co-authored with V. K. Frederiks). This is the first and the only published volume of a five-volume book project on the foundations of the theory of relativity, brutally terminated by the untimely and tragic death of Friedmann on 16 September 1925.

Despite the fact that this book was published in 1924 and despite the presence of some unconventional notions and notations in it, this is still a valuable book, because it is written by two deep thinkers, particularly Friedmann who in 1922 had the deepest understanding of the cosmological implications of Einstein’s general relativity when he first showed that the Universe may expand (which was later discovered by Hubble). What also makes this book valuable is that Frederiks and Friedmann develop the formalism of tensor calculus from a physical point of view by showing why the ideas of general relativity need that formalism. In this sense the book can be even used for self-study.

**2 January 2016** – Books, ranging from aesthetics to cosmology (but so far mostly on physics and mathematical physics), which have been published by the Minkowski Institute Press for about 3 years: