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HLF Review 2016

Outreach The

Outreach The HLFF was particularly excited about one group of visitors: 11 former residents of Heidelberg of the Jewish faith were invited by the city of Heidelberg to meet in May in their old hometown. A visit to the Mathematikon was part of their extensive program. Birgit Bergmann, co-author of Transcending Tradition, guided the group through the exhibition and gave insight into the lives and works of such mathematicians as Richard von Mises, Max Dehn, Emmy Noether, Richard Courant, Otto Blumenthal, Felix Hausdorff, and John von Neumann. 104

Outreach Film Festival – Mathematics and Computer Science Sir Vaughan F.R. Jones Guest of Honor at the Opening With the week-long Film Festival from July 10–16, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) invited all interested parties to the Karlstor Cinema to dive into the worlds of mathematics and computer science. For each film, there was an expert on hand that properly introduced each film and moderated a discussion session following the showing. Films on the docket included exciting motion pictures and documentaries, insights into the lives and works of famous scientists, exciting stories of mathematical puzzles being solved and some centralized on Artificial Intelligence. One highlight from the Film Festival was the screening of Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh. The film revolves around the scientific work of Sir Andrew Wiles, recipient of the Abel Prize in 2016 and the Silver Plaque of the IMU in 1998, who participated in the 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). Another favorite was documentary film maker Ekaterina Eremenko‘s presentation of her new film The Discrete Charm of Geometry. Among the honored guests of the opening event greeted by Andreas Reuter, Scientific Chair of the HLFF, was Sir Vaughan F.R. Jones, recipient of the Fields Medal and Professor of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. On this occasion, the opening film was the documentary from George Csicsery Porridge, Pulleys and Pi, which focused on the exceptional mathematicians Vaughan Jones and Hendrik Lenstra. 105