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Myron Mathisson: What little we know of his life

Sauer, Tilman and Trautman, Andrzej (2008) Myron Mathisson: What little we know of his life. Acta Physica Polonica B Proceedings Supplement, 1 (1). pp. 7-26. ISSN 1899-2358. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20100722-143329623

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Abstract

Myron Mathisson (1897–1940) was a Polish Jew known for his work on the equations of motion of bodies in general relativity and for developing a new method to analyze the properties of fundamental solutions of linear hyperbolic differential equations. In particular, he derived the equations for a spinning body moving in a gravitational field and proved, in a special case, the Hadamard conjecture on the class of equations that satisfy the Huygens principle. His work still exerts influence on current research. Drawing on various archival and secondary sources, in particular his correspondence with Einstein, we outline Mathisson’s biography and scientific career.


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Additional Information:© 2008 Jagellonian University. Creative Common License, CC-BY 4.0. Received January 28, 2008. Based on talks given by the authors at the conference “Myron Mathisson: his life, work and influence on current research”, Stefan Banach International Mathematical Center, Warsaw, Poland, 18–20 October, 2007.
Subject Keywords:Myron Mathisson ; equations of motion of bodies in general relativity ; properties of fundamental solutions of linear hyperbolic differential equations
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Classification Code:PACS: 01.65.+g, 01.30.Cc
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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