Marcel Grossmann

For the Love of Mathematics

  • Claudia Graf-Grossmann

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Claudia Graf-Grossmann
    Pages 1-12
  3. Claudia Graf-Grossmann
    Pages 13-20
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    Pages 21-40
  5. Claudia Graf-Grossmann
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  6. Claudia Graf-Grossmann
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  16. Claudia Graf-Grossmann
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  17. Claudia Graf-Grossmann
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 171-263

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.


Marcel Grossmann biography Einstein's friend Grossmann History of General Relativity Mathematics of General Relativity History of ETH Zurich Remo Ruffini Grossmann meeting Tilman Sauer Grossmann appreciation Einstein's collaborator

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudia Graf-Grossmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Grossmann KommunikationSchneisingenSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90076-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90077-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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