On the History of the Birth of Finsler Geometry at Göttingen

괴팅겐에서 핀슬러 기하가 탄생한 역사

  • Received : 2015.04.30
  • Accepted : 2015.06.22
  • Published : 2015.06.30


Arrivals of Hilbert and Minkowski at $G\ddot{o}ttingen$ put mathematical science there in full flourish. They further extended its strong mathematical tradition of Gauss and Riemann. Though Riemann envisioned Finsler metric and gave an example of it in his inaugural lecture of 1854, Finsler geometry was officially named after Minkowski's academic grandson Finsler. His tool to generalize Riemannian geometry was the calculus of variations of which his advisor $Carath\acute{e}odory$ was a master. Another $G\ddot{o}ttingen$ graduate Busemann regraded Finsler geometry as a special case of geometry of metric spaces. He was a student of Courant who was a student of Hilbert. These figures all at $G\ddot{o}ttingen$ created and developed Finsler geometry in its early stages. In this paper, we investigate history of works on Finsler geometry contributed by these frontiers.


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