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25 years MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences

On March 1, 1996, our institute officially opened its doors at Inselstraße 22. Today we are very proud to be one of the most renowned mathematical research institutions in the world. We owe this to the numerous scientists who have accompanied us through the last 25 years with groundbreaking research projects, successful doctorates, significant research results and, last but not least, a creative and familiar cooperation. Warmest thanks also go to all employees in administration, library, IT and scientific service, who make our institute a perfectly functioning scientific institution.

In this column we would like to remember - together with you - experiences and achievements that have accompanied us over the years. Please check back here from time to time for news from the "good old days".

If you would also like to share a memory with us, please contact us.

Episode 1 - That’s how we started (01.03.2021)

25 years ago to this day, our first research group, "Methods of Mathematical Physics" led by Professor Eberhard Zeidler, was launched.
Warmest thanks to all the excellent scientists, guests and staff members who made our MPI one of the most renowned mathematical research institutions worldwide.

Take a look back at our history and let’s share some memories in our 25 years of MiS column.

Episode 2 - In memory of our founding director Professor Eberhard Zeidler (22.03.2021)

We dedicate today's article to an outstanding scientist, warm-hearted human being, leadership mentor, and extraordinary communicator of mathematics - our founding director, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eberhard Zeidler.

Take a look back at our history and let’s share some memories in our 25 years of MiS column.

Episode 3 - "This institute is an essential piece of my life" Interview with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jost (08.04.2021)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jost founded our institute in 1996 together with Prof. Dr. Eberhard Zeidler and Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller and accompanied it as director and working group leader through the entire 25 years. We are very pleased that he shares some memories, thoughts and inspirations with us in this interview as part of our 25 years of MiS column.

Episode 4 - A cool paperclip (30.04.2021)

In this iteration of our 25 years of MiS column we would like to show you a short clip of the little paperclip that could change back to its original shape after being pushed and pulled. Please read the article and watch the short movie to learn about these shape memory materials and the protagonist who worked on their mathematics at the institute.

Episode 5 - Facts & Figures (19.05.2021)

What would a mathematical institute be without facts and figures? For this addition to our 25 years of MiS column, we have rummaged through our databases, gathered some statistics, and wrapped them all up in a neat infographic.

Episode 6 - Annual highlights (16.06.2021)

The Max Planck Society unites a broadly diversified scientific universe, each year it presents an report on its activities across the research spectrum. In this episode of our 25 years of MiS column, we present our contributions to the MPG yearbook.

Episode 7 - 2017 - Bernd Sturmfels appointed as new director (22.07.2021)

The latest episode of our 25 years of MiS column features our acting director Bernd Sturmfels and gives a brief glimpse into his academic career followed by a more fully featured video interview.

Episode 8 - 2009 - Robots - The Clever Things! (26.08.2021)

The most recent episode of our 25 years of MiS column takes a look back on an article about self-learning robots and features an interview with one of its authors Nihat Ay on the occasion of his appointment as director of the Institute for Data Science Foundations.

Episode 9 - Eberhard-Zeidler-Library (12.10.2021)

The latest addition to our 25 years of MiS column shines the spotlight on our ever popular library and the plethora of services it offers. Take a look at some facts and figures and watch a short slideshow of some impression of the libary since its dedication as the Eberhard-Zeidler-Library in 2017.

Episode 10 - Wolfgang Hackbusch and the world of hierarchical matrices (24.11.2021)

In the latest iteration of our 25 years of MiS column, we feature our director emeritus Wolfgang Hackbusch and look at a critical component of his work. Hierarchical Matrices are a fundamental mathematical tool to solve large systems of equations with various unknowns that are ubiquitous in the natural sciences and data science.

Episode 11 - Our computational hardware over the years (14.12.2021)

Cutting-edge mathematical research takes place primarily in the minds of our scientists. But without the appropriate hardware and computing power, many of their ideas cannot be realized. In this episode of our 25 years of MiS column we explore the server hardware our scientists used for computational mathematics over the years.

Episode 12 - Felix Otto and our commitment to the future (17.01.2022)

With a look towards the future, delivered as a speech by our director Felix Otto at the summer party of our institute, we would like to end our 25 years of MiS column. With a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved and all interested readers. And of course, with best wishes for your future. Your MPI MiS

17.01.2022, 11:53