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Bernd Sturmfels appointed as ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (03.12.2018)

Professor Bernd Sturmfels, director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, has been appointed as an ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Friday, November 30th 2018. The official announcement took place at the ceremony on occasion of the Einstein Day 2018.

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First steps towards a new Mathematical Physics Center in Leipzig (12.11.2018)

The interplay between mathematics and theoretical physics is at the center of a new joint initiative of the Faculties of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Geosciences of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences. The initiative intensifies existing cooperations in these fields and offers students and scientists ample opportunities for scientific exchange. The project is financially supported by the Max Planck Society.

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Not only arguments count (31.10.2018)

What are the mechanisms and conditions that lead to such polarized political landscapes as the one we live in today? In the article “Opinion polarization by learning from social feedback”, which recently appeared in the Journal of Mathematical Sociology, MPI researchers Sven Banisch and Eckehard Olbrich were able to explain the role of social feedback in the phenomenon of polarization, using mathematical tools from game theory.
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Discussing quantum theory and gravity in the memory of Zeidler (30.10.2018)

During the first week of October, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences hosted a conference on “Progress and visions in quantum theory in view of Gravity”, dedicated to the memory of the institute’s founding director Eberhard Zeidler, who sadly passed away in 2016.

With the goal of bringing together physicists, mathematicians and philosophers working in foundations of mathematical physics and of facilitating the exchange of ideas, the workshop had an innovative format with talks in the morning and detailed discussion sessions in the afternoon.
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Understanding polarization and ideological alignment in political space (20.09.2018)

How do people’s opinions on related topics evolve over time? Why do groups of like-minded people tend to agree on different issues? These and other questions concerning the interdependence of political statements are at the center of a recent preprint by MPI researcher Sven Banisch and Eckehard Olbrich. Their research will be presented during the 2018 Conference on Complex Systems in Thessaloniki, in the Cognition and Linguistic session.
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New Julia package developed by MPI researchers (31.07.2018)

Researchers from the nonlinear algebra group at MPI MiS and at TU Berlin have been developing a Julia package for solving systems of polynomial equations by numerical homotopy continuation.
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ARD alpha Campus Talks featuring Ivan Yamshchikov (30.07.2018)

MPI MiS postdoc Ivan Yamshchikov recently appeared on the ARD show Campus Talks, where he gave a presentation on the challenges of bringing creativity into artificial intelligence. In an inspiring presentation, Ivan reported on a project with Aleksei Tikhonov and CreAIted, where they were able to teach artificial intelligence how to write poetry and music lyrics.
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Picture on the right: Portrait of Ivan Yamshchikov © Henrik Jordan


Felix Otto awarded the Luigi Tartufari International Prize for Mathematics (25.07.2018)

Professor Felix Otto, director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, has been awarded the Prof. Luigi Tartufari International Prize for Mathematics from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome in the presence of the Italian President. Felix Otto was honored for his numerous contributions to continuum mechanics and to materials science. In particular, his analysis of partial differential equations modelling the flow of a gas in a porous rock or those describing a particle under frictional and random forces, was praised.
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Most popular SIAM SIMA paper by Felix Otto (23.07.2018)

The 1998 paper "The Variational Formulation of the Fokker--Planck Equation", authored by our Director Felix Otto together with Richard Jordan and David Kinderlehrer, is the most downloaded paper of the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis. On the occasion of the Journal's 50th volume, Felix Otto authored a short piece for the SIAM news, offering some insight as to why the paper continues to spark so much interest today. You can read his contribution here.
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Learning to code from the masters: the Macaulay2 Workshop at MPI MiS (03.07.2018)

Last month, our institute hosted a dedicated Macaulay2 workshop organized by former MPI MiS postdoc Eliana Duarte Gelvez (now at the Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg), together with Heather Harrington (University of Oxford) and Thomas Kahle (Magdeburg). Around 60 participants from around the world took part in the program, which offered them a unique opportunity to develop their coding skills by getting in touch with the experts.
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Modellansatz Podcast "Algebraic Geometry" with Eliana Duarte Gelvez (28.06.2018)

Former MPI MiS postdoc Eliana Duarte Gelvez recently met with Gudrun Täter from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to record an episode of their Modellansatz Podcast. In their inspiring conversation, they discussed the role of algebraic geometry and polynomial equations in applications as well as Eliana’s personal experience as a mathematician.
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Outstanding Scientists (22.06.2018)

Former IMPRS Ph.D. students Deepan Basu and Tim Laux were amongst 36 young scientists awarded with prizes for their excellent research at the annual meeting of the Max Planck Society in Heidelberg. We congratulate with Deepan and Tim on receiving those prizes and wish them good luck with their career!
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