On the impact of Poincar´e’s concept of spacetime symmetries for the formulation of electrodynamics, relativity, and beyond

Conference: NDES 2012 - Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems
07/11/2012 - 07/13/2012 at Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Proceedings: NDES 2012

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Gronwald, Frank (Institute of Electromagnetic Theory, Hamburg University of Technology, 21079 Hamburg, Germany)

Jules Henri Poincar´e, being a mathematician, physicist, and philosopher, fundamentally contributed to an understanding of the symmetries of space and time that eventually led from the completion of electrodynamics to the formulation of special relativity. In this paper, some of Henri Poincar´e’s main contributions to this subject are collected and reviewed. It is also pointed out that Poincar´e’s concept of spacetime symmetries still plays a fundamental role in modern developments of elementary particle physics and gravity theories.