# Minkowski, Hermann[ming**kof**skee](1864--1909) Mathematician, born near Kaunas, Lithuania. He was professor at Königsberg (1895), Zürich (1896), where he taught Einstein, and Göttingen (1902). He discovered a new branch of number theory, the geometry of numbers, and gave a precise mathematical description of space-time as it appears in Einstein's relativity theory. |