## Hermann Weyl

**Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl**, (; 9 November 1885 – 8 December 1955) was a

German mathematician,

theoretical physicist and

philosopher. Although much of his working life was spent in

Zürich,

Switzerland and then

Princeton, he is associated with the

University of Göttingen tradition of mathematics, represented by

David Hilbert and

Hermann Minkowski.

His research has had major significance for

theoretical physics as well as purely mathematical disciplines including

number theory. He was one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century, and an important member of the

Institute for Advanced Study during its early years.

Weyl published technical and some general works on

space,

time,

matter,

philosophy,

logic,

symmetry and the

history of mathematics. He was one of the first to conceive of combining

general relativity with the laws of

electromagnetism. While no mathematician of his generation aspired to the 'universalism' of

Henri Poincaré or Hilbert, Weyl came as close as anyone.

Michael Atiyah, in particular, has commented that whenever he examined a mathematical topic, he found that Weyl had preceded him.

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