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Who Was Hermann Weyl?
Wheeler's Tribute to Weyl (PDF)
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Weyl's Spinor and Dirac's Equation
Weyl's Conformal Tensor
Weyl Conformal Gravity
Weyl's 1918 Theory
Weyl's 1918 Theory Revisited
Weyl v. Schrodinger
Why Did Weyl's Theory Fail?
Did Weyl Screw Up?
Weyl and the Aharonov-Bohm Effect
The Bianchi Identities in Weyl Space
A Child's Guide to Spinors
Levi-Civita Rhymes with Lolita
Weyl's Scale Factor
Weyl's Spin Connection
Weyl and Higgs Theory
Weyl & Schrodinger - Two Geometries
Lorentz Transformation of Weyl Spinors
Riemannian Vectors in Weyl Space
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
The Four-Frequency of Light
There Must Be a Magnetic Field!
Non-Metricity and the RC Tensor
Curvature Tensor Components
The Divergence Myth in Gauss-Bonnet Gravity
A Brief Look at Gaussian Integrals
Einstein's 1931 Pasadena Home Today
Why I'm No Longer a Christian
She did not forget Jesus!
"Long live freedom!"
Visitors since November 4, 2004:
God exists since mathematics is
consistent, and the Devil
Symmetry, as wide or narrow as you may define its meaning,
Hermann Weyl, 1885-1955
Weyl, ca. 1930 (Göttingen).
Courtesy of the Archives of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach,
Weyl was born in the little town of Elmshorn (near Hamburg), Germany on
November 9, 1885. The son of Ludwig and Anna Weyl, he showed an unusual
aptitude for math and science as a youth. From 1904 to 1908 he studied
mathematics and physics in Munich and Göttingen, obtaining his PhD (at
the age of 22) in 1908 under the supervision of the great German
mathematician David Hilbert. His doctoral dissertation explored
singular integral equations with special consideration of Fourier
integral theorems. Following a teaching post in Göttingen, he
took a professorship at the Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule (Swiss
Federal Technical University) in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was
appointed the chair of mathematics in 1913. Just 27 years old,
Weyl was now a senior colleague of Einstein who, already a professor of
physics at the school, was working feverishly on his greatest
achievement – the General Theory of Relativity.
Soon afterward, however, Pauli apologized to Weyl when he came to fully comprehend the significance of Weyl's discovery:
During his lifetime, Weyl published a large number of books and papers on space, time, matter, philosophy, logic, and the history of mathematics. His books include:
Was ist Materie? (What is Matter?), 1924
Gruppentheorie und Quantenmechanik (Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics), 1928.
Elementary Theory of Invariants, 1935
Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science, 1949.
Raum-Zeit-Materie (Space-Time-Matter), 1952
The Concept of a Riemannian Surface, 1955
Weyl's gauge theory of the gravitational and electromagnetic field and/or closely related mathematical material can be found in Space-Time-Matter and in