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Book Details2018MSC: Primary 01; 83;
In the first decade of the twentieth century as Albert Einstein began formulating a revolutionary theory of gravity, the Italian mathematician Gregorio Ricci was entering the later stages of what appeared to be a productive if not particularly memorable career, devoted largely to what his colleagues regarded as the dogged development of a mathematical language he called the absolute differential calculus. In 1912, the work of these two dedicated scientists would intersect—and physics and mathematics would never be the same. Einstein's Italian Mathematicians chronicles the lives and intellectual contributions of Ricci and his brilliant student Tullio LeviCivita, including letters, interviews, memoranda, and other personal and professional papers, to tell the remarkable, littleknown story of how two Italian academicians, of widely divergent backgrounds and temperaments, came to provide the indispensable mathematical foundation—today known as the tensor calculus—for general relativity.
ReadershipMathematicians, physicists, and others interested in the history of science.

Table of Contents

Chapters

The Ricci of Lugo

The making of a mathematician

Munich

Padua

Math and marriage

A promotion that wasn’t

The absolute differential calculus

The alter ego

Intermezzo

The indispensable mathematical tool

“Write to me next time in Italian”

Parallel displacements

From Ricci’s absolute differential calculus to Einstein’s theorem for general relativity

T. LeviCivita, “Gregorio RicciCurbastro”

Obituary of Tullio LeviCivita


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The author is an outstanding specialist for the history of the absolute differential calculus and the main propagators Gregorio Ricci and Tullio LeviCivita. Though it is not mentioned in this book, she looks back on a long publication list...This book is a special one and should be well recognized...The book can be highly recommended to all historians who are interested in the history of general relativity and its origin.
Karin Reich, Zentralblatt MATH 
In the hands of a gifted author, a history can read like a novel.
J. Johnson, CHOICE 
A wonderfully written chronicle of the lives of two great mathematicians and how their work shaped Einstein's masterpiece as well as ushering in new fields of mathematics. The book is also an intriguing and insightful portrait of Italy during the period from Italian independence in 1870 until the onset of World War II.
Gino Segre, Physics Department, University of Pennsylvania 
Galileo said that mathematics is the language of nature. Einstein might have found himself mute when it came to describing gravity if it weren't for the mathematics of covariant derivatives developed by Galileo's countrymen Gregorio RicciCurbastro and Tullio LeviCivita. Judy Goodstein tells their stories and their connection to Einstein with clarity and grace in a most readable book.
Barry Simon, California Institute of Technology 
The theory of general relativity would never have seen the light without the absolute differential calculus invented by the Italian mathematicians Gregorio Ricci Curbastro and Tullio LeviCivita. This wonderful book carefully examines the academic, cultural, political, and historical framework in Italy of that time, and explores the deep relation—always fed with sincere respect, admiration, and affection —between these two great mathematicians at the turn of the twentieth century.
Tullio CeccheriniSilberstein, Università del Sannio, Benevento, Italy


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In the first decade of the twentieth century as Albert Einstein began formulating a revolutionary theory of gravity, the Italian mathematician Gregorio Ricci was entering the later stages of what appeared to be a productive if not particularly memorable career, devoted largely to what his colleagues regarded as the dogged development of a mathematical language he called the absolute differential calculus. In 1912, the work of these two dedicated scientists would intersect—and physics and mathematics would never be the same. Einstein's Italian Mathematicians chronicles the lives and intellectual contributions of Ricci and his brilliant student Tullio LeviCivita, including letters, interviews, memoranda, and other personal and professional papers, to tell the remarkable, littleknown story of how two Italian academicians, of widely divergent backgrounds and temperaments, came to provide the indispensable mathematical foundation—today known as the tensor calculus—for general relativity.
Mathematicians, physicists, and others interested in the history of science.

Chapters

The Ricci of Lugo

The making of a mathematician

Munich

Padua

Math and marriage

A promotion that wasn’t

The absolute differential calculus

The alter ego

Intermezzo

The indispensable mathematical tool

“Write to me next time in Italian”

Parallel displacements

From Ricci’s absolute differential calculus to Einstein’s theorem for general relativity

T. LeviCivita, “Gregorio RicciCurbastro”

Obituary of Tullio LeviCivita

The author is an outstanding specialist for the history of the absolute differential calculus and the main propagators Gregorio Ricci and Tullio LeviCivita. Though it is not mentioned in this book, she looks back on a long publication list...This book is a special one and should be well recognized...The book can be highly recommended to all historians who are interested in the history of general relativity and its origin.
Karin Reich, Zentralblatt MATH 
In the hands of a gifted author, a history can read like a novel.
J. Johnson, CHOICE 
A wonderfully written chronicle of the lives of two great mathematicians and how their work shaped Einstein's masterpiece as well as ushering in new fields of mathematics. The book is also an intriguing and insightful portrait of Italy during the period from Italian independence in 1870 until the onset of World War II.
Gino Segre, Physics Department, University of Pennsylvania 
Galileo said that mathematics is the language of nature. Einstein might have found himself mute when it came to describing gravity if it weren't for the mathematics of covariant derivatives developed by Galileo's countrymen Gregorio RicciCurbastro and Tullio LeviCivita. Judy Goodstein tells their stories and their connection to Einstein with clarity and grace in a most readable book.
Barry Simon, California Institute of Technology 
The theory of general relativity would never have seen the light without the absolute differential calculus invented by the Italian mathematicians Gregorio Ricci Curbastro and Tullio LeviCivita. This wonderful book carefully examines the academic, cultural, political, and historical framework in Italy of that time, and explores the deep relation—always fed with sincere respect, admiration, and affection —between these two great mathematicians at the turn of the twentieth century.
Tullio CeccheriniSilberstein, Università del Sannio, Benevento, Italy