Scientific Program

Historical Lecture

Program -> Historical -> Wed.17:00.H 1012 title only | abstract | bio sketch

Wednesday, 17:00 - 17:50 h, H 1012

Günter M. Ziegler
Leonhard Euler: Three strikes of a genius

Chair: George L. Nemhauser

We will explore three of Euler's genius contributions: - The seven bridges of Königsberg: How a problem of "Recreational Mathematics" led to the creation of Graph Theory. - The Basel problem: A healthy dose of serious numerical computing on the way to a zeta(2). - The polyhedron formula: Tracing the polyhedron formula from Stockholm to the Berne mountains.


Biographical sketch:
Günter M. Ziegler, born in München, Germany, in 1963, got a PhD at MIT in 1987, became a Professor of Mathematics at TU Berlin 1995, and moved to FU Berlin in 2011 as a MATHEON Professor. He became the founding chair of the Berlin Mathematical School in 2006. His interests connect discrete and computational geometry (especially polytopes), algebraic and topological methods in combinatorics, discrete mathematics and the theory of linear and integer programming. He is the author of Lectures on Polytopes (Springer 1995) and of Proofs from THE BOOK (with Martin Aigner, Springer-Verlag 1998), which has by now appeared in 14 languages. His latest book is "Darf ich Zahlen? Geschichten aus der Mathematik" ("Do I count? Stories from Mathematics"; English translation to appear). Günter Ziegler’s honors include a Leibniz Prize (2001) of the German Research Foundation DFG, the Chauvenet Prize (2004) of the Mathematical Association of America, and the 2008 Communicator Award of DFG and Stifterverband. He is a member of the executive board of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. From 2006-2008 he was the President of the German Mathematical Society DMV. In 2008 he initiated and co-organized the German National Science Year “Jahr der Mathematik” and now directs the DMV Mathematics Media Office and the DMV Network Office Schools-Universities.



Program -> Historical -> Wed.17:00.H 1012 title only | abstract | bio sketch

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