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  1. A shorter version of this paper was published last year to mark the centenary of Noether’s theorems: “Emmy Noether, la centenaire d’un thèorème,” Pour la science, August 2018, pp. 72–78.

  2. For a broader discussion of relativity in Göttingen during the First World War, see [Rowe 2004].

  3. For a discussion of their experiences as students there, see [Parshall and Rowe 1994, 239–253]. The earlier case of Sofia Kovalevskaya, who received her doctorate in absentia from Göttingen in 1874, was an entirely exceptional situation that had nothing to do with general policies regarding women.

  4. Nachlass Rudolf Jakob Humm, Zentralbibliothek Zürich.


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Rowe, D.E. On Emmy Noether’s Role in the Relativity Revolution. Math Intelligencer 41, 65–72 (2019).

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