Menu ☰

Back to Top

Finding Aids

Detailed inventories of archives collections in the history of physics from over 200 institutions worldwide.

Tip: Search within this page by using Ctrl + F or ⌘ + F


Search Our Catalogs

Archives Books

Collections

Emilio Segré Visual Archives Digital Collections Oral Histories Archival Finding Aids Physics History Network Member Society Portals

Preservation and Support

Donating Materials Suggest a Book Purchase Saving Archival Collections Grants to Archives Documentation Projects History Newsletters

Center for History of Physics

Scholarship & Outreach

Herman Minkowski Notebooks, 1882-1906

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

College Park, MD 20740

Papers created by

Minkowski, H. (Herman), 1864-1909.

Size of collection

5 linear feet (10 boxes)

Short description of collection

Mathematician (geometry of numbers, quadratic forms). Photocopies of Minkowski's notebooks containing notes and computations on quadratic forms, geometry of numbers, fluid mechanics, number theory, and algegraic functions, and notes for lectures he delivered while a mathematics professor, covering these topics as well as partial differential equations, hydrodynamics, mechanics, and potential theory.

Language(s) of collection

German

Unit ID

AR 175

Biography of Herbert Minkowski

Mathematician (geometry of numbers, quadratic forms). On mathematics faculty of Universität Bonn, 1885-1894; Universität Zürich, 1896-1902; and Universität Göttingen, 1902-1909.

Scope and Contents of Collection

These photocopies of Minkowski's notebooks primarily contain notes and computations on quadratic forms, geometry of numbers, fluid mechanics, number theory, and algegraic functions. In addition, there are notes for lectures delivered by Minkowski while a mathematics professor which cover these topics as well as partial differential equations, hydrodynamics, mechanics, and potential theory. Also included in the notebooks are drafts of articles on the theory of algebraic numbers, the geometry of numbers, and an essay on the history of the theory of probability.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Use of primary source material in the Niels Bohr Library requires prior approval through an Application for Access, which includes a statement of research purpose and the names and addresses of two scholars as references. Access applications can be obtained by contacting the Library (telephone 301-209-3177; or e-mail nbl@aip.org). The application can also be printed from our website.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Subject terms

Algebra.
Forms, Quadratic.
Geometry.
Hydrodynamics.
Mathematics.
Mechanics, Fluid.
Mechanics.
Number theory.
Probability theory.

Occupation terms

Mathematicians.

Genre terms

Notebooks.

Arrangement/Organization of Collection

Notebooks are arranged chronologically.

Alternate Forms of Collection

The original collection is in the Jewish National and University Library, Department of Manuscripts and Archives, POB 503 Jerusalem 91 004, Israel.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Naomi S. Motzkin in 1973.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Cite as: [Folder title, date; Folder number, Box number], Hermann Minkowski Notebooks, 1882-1906. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library, College Park, MD, 20740 USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the Herman Minkowski Notebooks, 1882-1906

Publisher

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
nbl@aip.org

January 31, 2005

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Katherine A. Hayes on 31 January 2005. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Notebooks

Box 1 Folder 1 Exercises (quadratic forms). 1882, November 10
Folder 2 Computations (quadratic forms). 1883, September 4
Folder 3 I. Computations (number theory). 1886, October 4
Folder 4 IV. Computations (quadratic forms). 1886, November 28
Folder 5 I. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1887, October 15
Folder 6 II. Computations (quadratic forms geometry of numbers). 1887, November 1
Folder 7 XIV. Computations (elliptic functions). 1887, November 10
Folder 8 III. Computations. 1887, November 18
Folder 9 IIIa. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1887, November 24
Folder 10 IV. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1887, December 3
Folder 11 V. Computations (geometry of numbers). Bonn. 1887, December 6
Folder 12 VI. Computations (geometry of numbers). Bonn. 1887, December 22
Folder 13 VII. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1887, December 31
Folder 14 VIII. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, January 5
Folder 15 VIII. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, January 10
Folder 16 X. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, January 17
Folder 17 XI. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, January 24
Folder 18 Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, February 22
Folder 19 Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, March 15
Box 2 Folder 1 Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, July 22-November 22
Folder 2 Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, September 19
Folder 3 Bonn. Computations 1. Geometry of numbers. 2. Cerch zeta form (?). 3. Analytic number theory (A'). 1888, October 21, 1889; January 24, 1891; May 27; 1891, June 10
Folder 4 Computations (geometry of numbers). 1888, November 15
Folder 5 A. Computations (quadratic forms). 1889, January 11
Folder 6 B. Computations (number theory). Bonn. 1889, January 24
Folder 7 Computations (quadratic forms). 1889, February 1
Folder 8 Computations in connection with referenced papers. 1889, April 30
Folder 9 Computations (fluid mechanics geometry of numbers). Bonn. 1889, September 13-October 18
Folder 10 Computations (quadratic forms). 1889, October 22; 1900, October 30
Folder 11 Computations (number theory). Bonn. 1889, October 30
Folder 12 Computations (quadratic forms). Bonn. 1889, November 10
Folder 13 Königsberg. PFI. Computations (quadratic forms). 1889, December 22
Folder 14 Bonn. PFII. Computations (quadratic forms). 1890, January 10
Folder 15 Bonn. PFIII. Computations (quadratic forms). 1890, January 18
Folder 16 Bonn. PFIV. Geometric computations for applications to geometry of numbers. 1890, February 2
Folder 17 Bonn. PFV. Computations (quadratic forms). 1890, February 12
Folder 18 Bonn. PFVI. Computations (quadratic forms). 1890, February 18
Folder 19 Königsberg. PFVII. Computations (quadratic forms). 1890, March 15
Folder 20 Königsberg. PFVIII. Computations (quadratic forms). 1890, March 27
Folder 21 Königsberg. Draft of paper on geometry of numbers. 1890, September 25
Folder 22 Bonn. Computations and beginning of draft for paper on the theory of algebraic numbers. Unpublished continuation of paper VIII-collected works. 1890, November 6-December 23
Box 3 Folder 1 Bonn. Exercises in differential equations and other problems (e.g. construction of Peano space falling curve). 1890, November 6; 1891, January 6
Folder 2 Königsberg. Computations (quadratic forms). 1891, March 12
Folder 3 Bonn. Computations (number theory). 1891, May 6
Folder 4 Bonn. Notes (algebraic numbers). 1891, May 13
Folder 5 Bonn. Computations (quadratic forms). 1891, June 21-26
Folder 6 Geneva ? Computations. 1891, August 19; 1892, February 29
Folder 7 Literatur sur Zahlentheorie (References for Number Theory). 1892
Folder 8 Bonn; 1894, March 17, Königsberg. Computations (linear inequalities, continued fractions, etc). 1892, February 14; 1894, February 14
Folder 9 Königsberg. Computations (quadradic forms). 1892, March 21-27
Folder 10 Bonn. Computations (quadratic forms). 1892, June 1-11
Folder 11 Bonn. Computations (quadratic forms). 1892, June 29
Folder 12 Draft book of paper on geometry of numbers. 1892, July 17
Folder 13 Continuation of Bonn, July 14-August 11, 1892
Folder 14 Continuation of Bonn, July 17-August 11, 1892
Box 4 Folder 1 Bonn. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1893, January 30
Folder 2 Bonn. Computations (continued fractions). 1893, May 11-15
Folder 3 Berlin. Draft of paper on the theory of reduction of positive quadratic forms. II, III - Collected works. 1893
Folder 4 Computations (geometry of numbers). 1893 September 24-October 14
Folder 5 Bonn. Draft of paper on the geometry of numbers. 1893, November 1
Folder 6 Computations (number theory). 1893, November 15
Folder 7 Königsberg. Computations (quadratic forms). 1894, March 21
Folder 8 Königsberg. Computations. 1894, March 24
Folder 9 Königsberg. Computations (modular forms). 1894, April 15
Folder 10 Königsberg. Computations involving integers in Gaussian and Kummer fields. 1894, May 4
Folder 11 Königsberg. Computations (modular functions). 1894, June 20
Folder 12 Königsberg. Computations (modular functions). 1894, August 4
Folder 13 Königsberg. Computations (quadratic forms). 1894, September 1 through 1895, November 30
Folder 14 Königsberg. Draft of paper on the generalization of continued fractions. XIII - Collected works. 1894, December 2
Box 5 Folder 1 Königsberg. Computations (quadratic forms). 1895, December 28
Folder 2 Königsberg; 1896, February 7 through November 30, Zürich. Computations, miscellaneous. 1896, May 3
Folder 3 Königsberg; 1897, February 5, March 8, April 15, Zürich. Computations and exercises for course in analytic functions of a complex variable. 1896, May 9
Folder 4 Zürich. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1896, November 24
Folder 5 Computations (quadratic forms); announcement; table of contents of book - Geometrie de Zahlen, von Dr. Hermann Minkowski. 1896
Folder 6 Lecture notes (algebraic functions). 1897, January 6
Folder 7 Miscellaneous. 1897/1898
Folder 8 Zürich. Hydrodynamics lecture notes. 1897, April 27
Folder 9 Lecture notes (partial differential equations). 1897, April 27
Folder 10 Zürich. Partial differential equations (pages not in order). 1897, May 22
Folder 11 Lecture notes (mechanics). 1897, October 27.
Folder 12 Zürich. Notes for paper on the reduction of positive quadratic forms. 1897, November 27-December 1
Folder 13 Winter. Lecture notes (geometry of numbers). 1897/1898
Folder 14 Winter. Lecture notes (calculus of variations). 1897/1898
Box 6 Folder 1 Zürich X. Draft of paper "A Criteria for Algebraic Numbers." XIV. 1898, January 10
Folder 2 Zürich. Computations (quadratic forms). VII. 1898, February 20
Folder 3 Zürich. Computations (number theory, geometry of numbers). VIII. 1898, February 27
Folder 4 Loose papers include: 1) Introduction lecture course on number theory; 2) Wedding announcement for Volterra's wedding; 3) Exam in analytic geometry. 1898, October
Folder 5 Lecture notes (potential theory). 1898, Summer
Folder 6 Zürich. Notes for paper on Diophantine approximation. XVI. Collected works. 1898, December 15; 1899, December 1
Folder 7 Zürich. A. Notes for paper on Diophantine approximation. XVI. 1899, April 11
Folder 8 Zürich. Draft of research paper on continued fractions. XVI - Collected works. 1899, November 17
Box 7 Folder 1 Königsberg. Computations (quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 2 Computations (number theory). Undated.
Folder 3 Lectures (elasticity). Undated.
Folder 4 Loose papers found between Box 7, Folder 3 and 5. Undated.
Folder 5 Computations (geometry of numbers ). Undated.
Folder 6 Zürich. Lecture notes (analytic functions of a complex variable). Function theory, Summer 1898; elliptical functions, Winter 1898-9. Undated.
Folder 7 Numerical exercises (probably in reduction of quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 8 Notes (mathematical physics). Undated.
Folder 9 Notes and computations of papers by Weirstrass, Dirichlet, Hermite, Frobenius, Luroth. Undated.
Folder 10 Göttingen. Notes (minimal surfaces). Undated.
Folder 11 Notes and references (analytic functions). Undated.
Folder 12 Work on quadratic forms (probably very early). Undated.
Folder 13 Göttingen. Notes, references and computations for course in elementary number theory. Undated.
Folder 14 No title. Undated.
Folder 15 No title. Undated.
Box 8 Folder 1 Zürich. A criterion for algebraic numbers (draft of research paper). Collected works XIV. 1898, November 10
Folder 2 Lecture notes (mechanics). 1898/99, Winter
Folder 3 Zürich. IX. Computations (geometry of numbers). 1899, January 15-October 17
Folder 4 Bonn. Computations. 1899, May 21-December 7
Folder 5 Zürich. Computations (algebraic numbers). 1899, October 19
Folder 6 Zürich. Capillarity: references, brief notes, and computations on the mathematical theory of liquids. Collected works XXIX. 1899, December 3
Folder 7 References, computations, notes (mathematical physics, geometry of numbers). After 1899
Folder 8 Zürich. Geometry of numbers. B. 1900, January 15
Folder 9 Analytic Mechanics. Chapter I: Foundations for Liquid Motion; Equatios of Continuity; Euler's Equations of Motion. 1900, April 23
Folder 10 Zürich. Geometry of numbers. C. 1900, May 27
Folder 11 Lecture notes (geometry of numbers). 1900, July 30
Folder 12 Zürich. Lecture notes (potential theory). 1900, October
Folder 13 Notes (mechanics). 1901
Folder 14 Lecture notes and computations for elliptic functions. 1901/02
Folder 15 Algebra course outline and computations. 1901/02, Winter
Folder 16 Zürich. References to papers by: Delaunay, Hademard, Lord Kelvin, Poincaré. 1902, September 11
Box 9 Folder 1 Göttingen. Lecture notes (analytic functions). 1902/03, Winter
Folder 2 Göttingen. Lectures on the theory of algebraic functions and differential equations. Chapter I. Strum Series. Chapter II. Kronecker characteristic of functions of two variables. Chapter III. Algebraic topology of surfaces. 1902/03, Winter
Folder 3 Lecture notes (geometry of numbers). 1903/04, Winter
Folder 4 Göttingen. Lecture notes (mechanics). 1903/04, Winter
Folder 5 Göttingen. Draft of paper, Duesest sphere package. Collected works XIX. 1904, June
Folder 6 Göttingen. Differential calculus (lecture notes). 1904, Summer
Folder 7 Lectures in affine geometry. 1904, Summer
Folder 8 Göttingen. Exercises, notes, bibliographies (mathematical physics). After 1904
Folder 9 Göttingen. Lecture notes (analysis situs topology). 1904/05, Winter
Folder 10 Göttingen. Notes and computations (automorphic functions). 1905, June 11-July 5
Folder 11 Göttingen. Lecture notes (differential equations). 1905, Summer
Folder 12 Göttingen. References on mathematical physics. 1906, April 24
Folder 13 Göttingen. Computations and notes (mathematical physics). 1906, June 17
Box 10 Folder 1 Computations and notes (1. Deferential equations; 2. Quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 2 Computations (quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 3 Computations (quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 4 Computations and drawings. Undated.
Folder 5 Computations (number theory). Undated.
Folder 6 Computations (quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 7 Computations (quadratic forms). Undated.
Folder 8 Number theoretic computations. Undated.
Folder 9 Computations. Undated.
Folder 10 Computations. Undated.
Folder 11 Bonn. Computations (mathematical physics). Undated.
Folder 12 Göttingen. Adhesion capillarity. Draft of encyclopedia article number 29 of collected works. Undated.
Folder 13 Draft of (apparently unpublished) essay on History of the Theory of Probability. Undated.
Folder 14 Lectures (analytical mechanics). Undated.
Folder 15 Bonn. Draft of paper of some applications of arithmetic in analyses. Undated.
Folder 16 Göttingen. Lecture notes (complex variables). Undated.
Folder 17 Notes and computations (quadratic forms, mechanics). Undated.
Folder 18 Quadratic forms. Undated.
Folder 19 Notes and computations (Calois theory) II. Undated.
Folder 20 Göttingen. Lecture notes (mechanics). Undated.
Folder 21 Professor Hadamard to Mme. H. Minkowski. Xerox. Paris. ALS. French. 12 July 1938