Mathematikon Entrance

Our Faculty is the academic home of researchers, teachers, and students of Mathematics and Computer Science. Its institutes and facilities are housed in the Mathematikon, pleasantly located on the Campus Neuenheimer Feld of Heidelberg University. Welcome!

Mathematikon Staircase

The Doctorate signifies a proven ability to conduct independent scientific research. Under the auspices of the Combined Faculty of Mathematics, Engineering and Natural Sciences, we confer the academic degree Dr. rer. nat. in the subjects of mathematics and computer science.

Mathematikon Library

Students interested in Mathematics, Computer Science, or an interdisciplinary field, pursuing a B.Sc., M.Sc., or M.Ed., and aiming for a career in research, teaching, or the private sector, will find here in Heidelberg a full range of first-class courses for a challenging and enriching educational experience in an intellectually stimulating environment with historical cachet.

Mathematikon Lobby

We seek to promote the interest in mathematics and computer science by organizing events for schools and for the broader public. Alumns and newcomers join in and contribute to shared knowledge and contacts.

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At regular intervals, the Mathematikon hosts exhibitions on various mathematical-social topics.

Emil Julius Gumbel (1891 – 1966), Statistician, Pacifist, Publicist

Erich Gumbel exhibition

from November 18, 2019 to January 31, 2020

Emil Julius Gumbel united mathematical excellence and social courage. As a world-renowned mathematician, he laid the foundations of extreme value statistics. At the same time, he campaigned in the "German League for Human Rights" (Deutsche Liga für Menschenrechte) against the glorification of war and the emerging Nazi movement. The University of Heidelberg, where he had been a professor since 1923, withdrew his teaching license in 1932. In 1933 he was deprived of his German citizenship. It was not until the early 1990s that Heidelberg University acknowledged and rehabilitated Gumbel with an Academic Memorial Ceremony. The exhibition uses historical documents to show important milestones and companions in Gumbel's life.

The exhibition was organized by Matthias Scherer, Lexuri Fernández, Isabella Wiegand (Technical University of Munich) and Werner Frese (University of Hagen) and accompanied by the renowned science historian Annette Vogt (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin).

Women of Mathematics throughout Europe

People in exhibition on women in Mathematics

from February, 26 2019 to May 31, 2019

This touring exhibition, which had its starting point at the 7th European Mathematics Congress in Berlin in July 2016, portrays thirteen female mathematicians sharing their experiences, thus showing them as role models for young female scientists and highlighting the human aspects of mathematics production. This makes the discipline more tangible and accessible to outsiders or newcomers.

The exhibition and the catalog (published by Verlag am Fluss) are the result of the joint work of photographer Noel Tovia Matoff and the four mathematicians Sylvie Paycha, Sara Azzali, Alexandra Antoniouk, and Magdalena Georgescu, with contributions from Maria Hoffmann-Dartevelle (German translation), Sara Munday (proofreading) and the two graphic designers Wenke Neunast/eckedesign (exhibition) and Gesine Krüger (catalog).

The life and work of Jewish mathematicians

People in exhibition on Jews

from May 13, 2016 to June 12, 2016

The working lives and activities of Jewish scientists in Germany are being explored at nine sites and within a time frame ranging from the legal and political emancipation of Jewish citizens in the 19th century to their persecution and expulsion under the Nazi regime. In doing so, the exhibition shows the extensive and significant contribution of Jewish researchers in the German Empire and the Republic of Weimar to mathematics and its culture in the German-speaking world. It also shows the high price paid by the Nazi government for the expulsion of Jews from Germany and commemorates their flight, emigration and murder after 1933.

The exhibition was organized by Prof. Dr. Moritz Epple, the scientific director of the exhibition project and head of the "History of Science" working group at the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in collaboration with a group of seven historians of mathematics. It was the first exhibition at the MATHEMATIKON and was sponsored by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and backed by the Springer Verlag with a comprehensive publication.

Last updated on Sep 12, 2021 at 9:28 AM