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Tullio Levi-Civita. The Jewish mathematician who inspired Einste


Published on:  2019-04-27 09:12:00

  Kosher Life

Tullio Levi-Civita is one of the main forerunners, from a mathematical point of view, of Einstein's theories. Born in Padua in 1873, he was the son of an important Jewish family. However, Tullius did not need his father's influence to make a career: at the age of 24 he was already professor of rational mechanics in Padua. Then he passed to the Sapienza of Rome, where he remained until 1938, when racial laws forced him to leave teaching. In the meantime he had made very important contributions developing the tensorial calculation. His article on the theory of tensors was published in 1900, and was then taken up by Einstein for the formulation of the theory of relativity, but also by Weyl in an attempt to unify gravitational and electromagnetic forces. In recent years he lived isolated in Rome, and at the behest of Pope Pius XI, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which allowed him to continue to receive a salary and work in Italy. He died at the end of 1941.

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