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Max­Planck­Research Magazine

Issue 2013

4/2013

The Art and Artists of Numbers
For many, mathematics is nothing more than an accumulation of abstract formulas and dry recipes for calculating. Not so for Friedrich Hirzebruch, Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany. He had already succumbed to the beauty of the subject in his youth. As the “doyen of German post-war mathematics,” Hirzebruch made this city on the Rhine an attractor for researchers the world over.
Issue 2012

MPR 1/2012

The Beauty of Numbers
Johann Sebastian Bach, Le Corbusier and Maurits Escher: Mathematics has influenced many a creative genius. But also mathematics itself contains an element of beauty.
Issue 2009

MPR 1 /2009

The Tool of Knowledge
Starting with completely abstract structures, mathematicians develop new theories and models that precisely formulate and describe real properties of the real world.