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What contribution to mathematics did Einstein make, or was he only interested in Physics and derived formulas using mathematics?

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    $\begingroup$ Einstein summation convention? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_notation $\endgroup$ Jul 27 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ He devised a new proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. $\endgroup$
    – Mary
    Jul 28 at 0:08
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    $\begingroup$ The $\Gamma^i_{jk}$ notation for Christoffel symbols. See hsm.stackexchange.com/questions/7974/… $\endgroup$
    – KCd
    Jul 28 at 11:55
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    $\begingroup$ His work in physics also directly inspired mathematical interest in Lorentzian manifolds, and more generally semi-Riemannian manifolds. $\endgroup$
    – KCd
    Jul 28 at 11:57

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There is a discussion of Einstein's early and late views on mathematics at https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Einstein-write-Since-the-mathematicians-have-invaded-the-theory-of-relativity-I-do-not-understand-it-myself-anymore-After-all-GR-relies-heavily-on-mathematics. Although he had been taught by Minkowski at ETH Zurich, he apparently had no relationship with him and disliked his approach to spacetime in special relativity. When he subsequently exploited this in general relativity, he is said to have acknowledged his debt.

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