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Fantappiè’s “final relativity” and deformations of Lie algebras

  • N. CiccoliEmail author


The rigidity of the real semisimple Lie algebra \({\mathfrak {so}}(4,1)\) was first proved in a brief paper published by Fantappiè in 1954 (Rend. Accad. Lincei Ser. VIII 17:158–165, 1954). The purpose of this note is to provide some historical context for this work and discuss why no further developments of this result were pursued by Italian mathematicians at the time.


Simple Group Lorentz Group Final Relativity Galilei Group Inhomogeneous Lorentz Group 
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I would like to thank Prof. M. C. Nucci for encouraging me to write these notes and Prof. D. Struppa and Prof. Michael McNeil for generously devoting their time to improve an earlier version of this manuscript.


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica e InformaticaUniversità di PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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