Michel Janssen

(Jan 2016-Jun 2016)

PhD, Professor, University of Minnesota

I am a historian of modern physics, and a regular Visiting Scholar to Department I at the MPIWG. I am on the faculty of the program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine and the School of Physics and Astronomy (see my faculty profile) and a Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (MCPS) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I wrote the chapter on general relativity for The Cambridge Companion to Einstein (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which I co-edited with Christoph Lehner at the MPIWG, and have been collaborating with Tony Duncan, a theoretical physicist at the University of Pittsburgh, on a book with the working title How We Got to Quantum Mechanics.


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The Genesis of General Relativity (Four-Volume Edition)


Selected Publications

Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2019). Einsteins Weg zur allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie. In D. Elsässer (Ed.), Urknall, Sterne, Schwarze Löcher: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft des Universums (pp. 161-172). Berlin: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-662…

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Arch and scaffold: how Einstein found his field equations. Physics Today, 68(11), 30-36. doi:10.1063/PT.3.2979.

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Von verbogenen Räumen und krummen Zeiten. Kultur & Technik, 4, 10-15.

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Janssen, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Einstein was no lone genius. Nature, 527(7578), 298-301. doi:10.1038/527298a.

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