Hermann Weyl on Minkowskian Space–Time and Riemannian Geometry

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Abstract:

Hermann Weyl as a founding father of field theory in relativistic physics and quantum theory always stressed the internal logic of mathematical and physical theories. In line with his stance in the foundations of mathematics, Weyl advocated a constructivist approach in physics and geometry. An attempt is made here to present a unified picture of Weyl's conception of space–time theories from Riemann to Minkowski. The emphasis is on the mathematical foundations of physics and the foundational significance of a constructivist philosophical point of view. I conclude with some remarks on Weyl's broader philosophical views.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02698590500462265

Affiliations: Université de Montréal, Canada

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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