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HLF Review 2016

Outreach Transcending

Outreach Transcending Tradition Transcending Tradition – Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture The exhibition Transcending Tradition – Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture commenced the outreach activities of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) and was hosted from May 12, 2016, at the Mathematikon in Heidelberg for four weeks. The English language exhibition provides insights into the life and mathematics of Jewish scholars. Showcasing their contributions to mathematics and their culture in the German-speaking world before 1933 is a large majority of the exhibition. It clearly displays how the expulsion of the Jews from Germany, driven by the Nazi government, carried such a tremendous prize, especially for those persecuted and displaced and their families, but also for those left behind. “Everyday, questions are raised anew about the discrimination of minorities and the collaboration of denominational and cultural differences. These historical circumstances also make one think beyond mathematics and its history,” said Moritz Epple, the scientific director of the project. He is a professor of science history at the University of Frankfurt and devised the exhibition together with seven historians of mathematics. Since its first public appearance in November 2011 in Tel Aviv, Transcending Tradition has made its way around the world and has visited Haifa, Jerusalem, Chicago, New York, Sydney and Bonn. In Heidelberg, this successful exhibition was presented in the Mathematikon of Heidelberg University. The building houses the institutes and departments of mathematics and computer science, and the construction of the Mathematikon was commissioned and financed by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS). After spending three years under construction, upon its completion in December 2015, it was donated by the Foundation to Heidelberg University. On July 17, 2016, the exhibition has opened at the Jewish Museum Berlin on the occasion of the 7th European Congress of Mathematics. More information to the exhibition on: gj-math.de TRANSCENDING TRADITION Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture An international exhibition produced by the History of Science Working Group Goethe University Frankfurt / Main 102

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