General relativity and the growth of a sub-discipline “gravitation” in Germany
Institute for Theoretical Physics, University Göttingen, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
Received: 12 October 2016
Received in final form: 4 May 2017
Published online: 3 July 2017
The growth of research on general relativity in Germany from its origin in 1915 to the beginning of the 1990s is described. A gradual evolution from research done by single physicists and mathematicians to the eventual institutionalizion in the form of a research institute and subdivision of physical society is brought into focus.
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