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A new street in Bonn Poppelsdorf will be named after the MPIM founder, Professor Friedrich Hirzebruch (1927-2012)

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We are pleased to announce that the city of Bonn decided on September 19, 2019 to name a new street in Bonn after our institute founder, Professor Friedrich Hirzebruch. The street will be called Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee and is located in the Poppelsdorf campus between the corner of the Carl-Troll-Strasse/Karlrobert-Kreiten-Strasse and the new center of lecture halls, Endenicher Allee 19c.

Max Planck Research Group Leader Position

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We are an internationally leading research institute in the field of pure mathematics with about 700 guest scientists per year. We invite applications of outstanding mathematicians for a position as

Max Planck Research Group Leader

with a 5-year appointment at the level of Associate Professor (W2).

"Pentagramma Mirificum". Hirzebruch lecture by Sergey Fomin on Friday, November 8, University Club Bonn

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Speaker: 
Sergey Fomin
Affiliation: 
University of Michigan
Date: 
Fri, 2019-11-08 18:00 - 19:00
Location: 
University Club Bonn

Pentagramma Mirificum (the miraculous pentagram) is a beautiful geometric construction studied by Napier and Gauss. Its algebraic description yields the simplest instance of cluster transformations, a remarkable family of recurrences which arise in diverse mathematical contexts, from representation theory and enumerative combinatorics to theoretical physics and classical geometry (Euclidean, spherical, or hyperbolic).

Michael Atiyah 1929-2019

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The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics mourns the death of Michael Atiyah, one of the giants of mathematics. Over many decades Michael Atiyah was a frequent and welcome visitor, inspiring speaker, ingeneous collaborator, and friend to many of the mathematicians in Bonn. Together with Friedrich Hirzebruch, MPIM's founding director and one of Michael's oldest and closest friends, he laid the foundations for topological K-theory, an important tool in algebraic topology. He almost always gave the opening lecture of the annual Mathematische Arbeitstagung in Bonn, from its beginning in 1957.

"A world from a sheet of paper". Hirzebruch lecture by Tadashi Tokieda on Wednesday, October 31, University Club Bonn

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Speaker: 
Tadashi Tokieda
Affiliation: 
Stanford University
Date: 
Wed, 2018-10-31 19:00 - 20:00
Location: 
University Club Bonn

Starting from just a sheet of paper, by folding, stacking, crumpling, tearing, we will explore a rich variety of phenomena, from magic tricks and geometry to elasticity and the traditional Japanese art of origami. Much of the lecture consists of actual table-top demos, which you can try later with friends and family.

Fields Medal awarded to Peter Scholze. New director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics receives highest distinction in Mathematics

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The Fields Medal is considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and this year the International Mathematical Union chose to award it to Peter Scholze. The professor at the University of Bonn’s Hausdorff Center for Mathematics and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics was presented with the award during the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. The 30-year-old is only the second German to ever receive this prize.

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