A Guide to the George Yuri Rainich Papers,
19251982





Creator 
Rainich, G. Y. (George
Yuri), b. 1886 

Title 
George Yuri
Papers 

Dates: 
19251982 

Abstract 
The Rainich Papers
consist largely of manuscript materials for a proposed book, course notes (for
classes at the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame), and
seminar materials created between 1941 and 1965. 

Accession No. 
8624; 2000142 

OCLC No. 
19504145 

Extent 
3 ft. 7 in. 

Repository: 
Dolph Briscoe Center for American
History, The University of Texas at
Austin 
George Yuri Rainich (né Rabinovich) was born in Russia on March 25,
1886. He studied mathematics at universities in Odessa, Göttlingen and Munich,
obtaining a Magister of Pure Mathematics at the University of Kazan in 1913. He
then taught at Kazan and Odessa until 1922, when he came to the United States
of America with his wife Sophie. He was a Johnston Scholar at Johns Hopkins
from 19231926, and taught at the University of Michigan until his retirement
in 1956. After retirement, he lectured as a visiting professor at the
University of Notre Dame. Rainich returned to the University of Michigan after
the death of his wife in 1963 and remained active in the field until his death
on October 10, 1968. Rainich's focus of study was relativity theory, but he
also studied electromagnetic theory, linear vector functions, and analytical
vector functions. He taught classes in geometry, higher algebra, vector
analysis, theory of probability, and partial differential equations of
mathematical physics.
The Rainich Papers consist largely of manuscript materials for a
proposed book, course notes (for classes at the University of Michigan and the
University of Notre Dame), and seminar materials created between 1941 and 1965.
They also include the correspondence of Wilfred Kaplan regarding Rainich's
papers, the correspondence between Alice R. Nichols and J. Wiley (publisher)
regarding a book on relativity theory, and photocopies of letters from Albert
Einstein to Rainich.
Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.
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Subjects 


Rainich, G. Y. (George
Yuri), b. 1886 


Kaplan, Wilfred,
1915 


University of Michigan.
Dept. of Mathematics 


University of Notre Dame.
Dept. of Mathematics 


Electromagnetic
theory 


Relativity
(Physics) 
George Yuri Rainich Papers, 19251982, Archives of American
Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Detailed Description of the Collection















George Yuri Rainich: 
box 
8624/1 


Correspondence,
19251967 




Colwell, Dorry 




Einstein, Albert [photocopied letters] 




Hazlett, Hélène 




Kraus, Edward H. 




Rainich, George Yuri 




Swanson, Ellen E. 




Watkins, Edwin 




Unidentified correspondents [in Russian] 



Notebooks 




19411943 




1951 




19551959 




19551962 




NovemberDecember 1958 




19591962 




1959 




19601962 




1960 




1961 




January 1962 




February 1962 




March 1962 




AprilMay 1962 




October 1962 




June 1963 




July 1963 




December 1963 




January 1964 




February 1964 




March 1964 




MarchMay 1964 




June 1964 




JanuaryJune 1964 




JulyAugust 1964 




AugustDecember 1964 




October 1964 




November 1964 




December 1964 




January 1965 




February 1965 




March 1965 




April 1965 
box 
8624/2 



MayAugust 1965 




September 1965 




October 1965 




November 1965 




December 1965 




January 1966 




February 1966 




FebruaryMarch 1966 




April 1966 




May 1966 




June 1966 




July 1966 




August 1966 




September 1966 




October 1966 




November 1966 




December 1966 




January 1967 




February 1967 




March 1967 




AprilMay 1967 




JulyAugust 1967 




September 1967 




October 1967 




November 1967 




December 1967 




Undated 
box 
4RM55c 



Oversized notes [equations and figures]
undated 
box 
8624/3 



Bibliographic notebooks 



Lectures,
19541964 




Talks on general relativity,
1964 




Introduction to relativity,
undated 




Assorted lectures,
19541964 



Writings,
19261969 




Manuscript drafts 





Introduction to continuous groups,
1949 





Textbook draft—Mathematics 139,
19491951 





Textbook draft—untitled,
undated 





Seven Lectures on Relativity,
19261969 




Essay drafts 





Electric charge and mass in the general relativity
theory,
1926 





On the measure of deviation from normality for
congruences of curves,
1927 





Gravitation and electromagnetism [includes
correspondence],
1950 





Group of rigid motions,
1958 





Group of elliptic geometry,
1958 





A skew five by five matrix and general relativity
theory,
1959 





Coordinates in general relativity,
undated 





Stresses,
1959 





Radiation,
1960 





On a case of steady motion,
1961[?] 





On Nearwaves,
1961 





Summer riots [two copies],
1967 





G.R. 1,
undated 





q1,
undated 





QCC,
undated 





ST,
undated 





Diff. Geo. Curves,
undated 





Curved Spaces,
undated 





Math 339,
undated 





Sp.,
undated 





Spl.,
undated 





T,
undated 





Physical significance of transformation of spacetime
coordinates,
undated 





R.B.,
undated 





Peano series,
undated 





Stereographic parameters,
undated 





Minimal surfaces,
undated 





Linearization of surface theory,
undated 





Two worlds in science and literature,
undated 





Discreteness of charges and mapping of spheres,
undated 





Linearization in relativity,
undated 





Noncommutative analysis and the Hausdorf theorem,
undated 





Particle and field,
undated 





Electric charge and topology,
undated 





The fundamental theorem of algebra and the Picard
theorem,
undated 





The indicatorellipsoid for Newtonian transformation,
undated 





On the relative position of two linning[?] circles in
inverse three space,
undated 





Of topological invariants of antisymmetric
tensorfields in fourspace,
undated 





Les indices dans un champ de tenseurs. Generalisation
de la Courbure integrale,
undated 





Minimal surfaces and nonanalytic functions,
undated 





Selection rules and Chebyshev polynomials,
undated 





Description of proposed research,
undated 





On fivedimensional relativity,
undated 





Particles and waves,
undated 





undated 





A new proof of the basic relation of the general
relativity theory,
undated 





Nebulae, meteorites, and cosmic rays,
undated 





Surfaces,
undated 





Hilbert, Kandinsky, and Gertrude Stein,
undated 





Redundancy,
undated 





Curvature and radiation,
undated 





The field of a photon,
undated 





Chapter III, Special relativity,
undated 










Essays by others 





Hsieh, L.F. 






“On doubly piercing lines of space pentagons,”
undated 





Inomata, Akira 






“A geometric theory of neutrinos,”
undated 





Katz, E. 






“Concerning the number of independent variables of
the classical electromagnetic field,”
1965 





Penney, R. 






“Gravitational field of a charged fluid,”
ca. 1960 






“Charged particles in general relativity,”
ca. 1963 





Thomas, T.Y., 






“Spacetime coordinates in the general theory of
relativity,”
1963 






“The perfect relativistic gas,”
1964 





Votruba, George 






“Applications of Lie theory to geometry,”
1958 















Wilfred Kaplan,
19691982 
box 
8624/3 


Correspondence,
19691982 




Held, A. 




Kaplan, Wilfred 




Kotik, Lee K. 




LeVeque, William J. 




Rosenbaum, Marcos P. 




Shube, Beatrice 




Stachel, John 




Williams, David N. 



Address list 



“Excerpts from research files left by the late George Y.
Rainich” [photocopies],
1980 




"Notes of Nov. 1964" 




“For Hoboken Conference, 11 May 1965” 




“Introduction to General Relativity, (prob. May
1965)” 




“For seminar 30 June 1966” 




“Notes of 30 October and November 1 1967” 




“Notes of 22 November 1967” 




“Projected Table of Contents—Rainich, Relativity”





“From material for book, handwritten” 




“From material for book “General Relativity”





“Electric Charge and Mass in the General Relativity
Theory, Feb. 21, 1926” 
