Riemann—Lecturer at Göttingen University

  • Michael Monastyrsky


Advancement up the career ladder at German universities was a complex and lengthy process, and obtaining a doctoral degree was only one of the mandatory steps. The system of acquiring degrees and titles influenced in no small degree the development of science, and we will look at it in somewhat greater detail. Nineteenth-century German science strongly favored candidates who had completed a university education rather than those who had graduated from the technical institutes (“Hochschulen”). Only those who had graduated from a university could occupy a teaching position and later become a professor. After obtaining a doctoral degree, one could aspire to the post of lecturer (“Privatdozent”). To do this, one had to present to the university council a “Habilitationsschrift”, a competitive composition including original work, which was presented as a small course of lectures on any special branch of knowledge. In addition, one had to deliver a “Habilitationsvortrag”, a probationary report on a narrow topic chosen by the university council. After this, if the outcome was favorable, one obtained the right to teach at the university.


Black Hole Constant Curvature Riemannian Geometry Trigonometric Series Riemannian Space 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Monastyrsky
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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical and Experimental PhysicsMoscowUSSR

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