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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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Tadashi Tokieda
Wed, 2018-10-31 19:00 - 20:00
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.

Peter Scholze new director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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Peter Scholze is a new director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. The 30-year old is one of the leading researchers in the field of Arithmetic Geometry. His achievements have already been recognized by a number of prizes and honors. Among others: a Clay Fellowship, the Prix Peccot of the Collège de France, the Clay Research Award, the Cole Prize for Algebra of the American Mathematical Society, the EMS Prize of the European Mathematical Society, the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the membership in four prestigious scientific academies.

Tag der offenen Tür - Max-Planck-Tag am 14. September 2018

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Fri, 2018-09-14 11:00 - 19:00

Was Sie eine Mathematikerin/einen Mathematiker schon immer fragen wollten - tun Sie es am Tag der offenen Tür am Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik! Lernen Sie unser Institut kennen und erfahren Sie, aus welchen Ländern die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler unseres Gästeprogramms kommen. Tauchen Sie bei einem virtuellen Rundgang in M. C. Eschers Bilder ein und versuchen Sie Ihr Glück bei einem Mathequiz. Lernen Sie, wie man Sudokus und den Zauberwürfel in null Komma nichts löst, und sehen Sie, was ein 3D-Drucker alles kann. Lassen Sie sich von einem Mathe-Magier verzaubern und finden Sie heraus, woran unsere preisgekrönten Mathe-Genies gerade arbeiten.

Geordie Williamson elected Fellow of the Royal Society

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Geordie Williamson, who has been Advanced Researcher at MPIM from 2011-2016, is the youngest living scientists to become a member of the Royal Society.

Geordie Williamson works in Representation Theory. He has made several fundamental contributions to the field including his proof (with Ben Elias) of the Kazhdan-Lusztig positivity conjecture, his algebraic proof of the Jantzen conjectures, and his discovery of counter-examples to the generally suspected limits of the Lusztig conjecture in modular representation theory.

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