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New mathematics exhibition set to open in November


A new traveling exhibition entitled, “Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture” will be opening in Beit Hatfutsot in November.

The exhibition explores the working lives and activities of Jewish mathematicians in German-speaking countries during the period between the legal and political emancipation of the Jews in the 19th century and their persecution in and expulsion from Nazi Germany. The exhibition highlights the important role Jewish mathematicians played in all areas of mathematical culture during the German Empire and the Weimar Republic, and recalls their emigration, flight and death after 1933.

A first version of the exhibition was opened on the occasion of the annual conferences of the German Mathematical Society (Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung) in autumn 2006 in Bonn and in spring 2007 in Berlin. With the financial support of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, this exhibition was re-designed as a travelling exhibition. It has been on display in various places in Germany, since May 2008 and has received an award from the German Ministry for Education and Research.

With the support of the German Ministry for Education and Research, the Federal Foreign Office, and the Ministry for Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, an English version of the exhibition is being prepared, which will be shown in several locations in Israel in 2011. The exhibition will be re-designed for the international opening. An accompanying mathematical program will be developed, in collaboration with the German Mathematical Society, the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, and partners in Israel. Both the catalogue published by Springer and a website, which accompanies the exhibition, will be made available in English.

 For more information, contact Exhibitions Curator, Hagai Segev.