Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

15 Jul 2016

17 JUL - 14 AUG

The exhibition "Transcending Tradition" 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 Nazi Germany.

It concentrates not on the persecution and extermination – a period which is well researched – but rather showcases the impressive technical and professional scope of the contribution made by Jewish mathematicians to the development of mathematical culture before 1933.

"Transcending Tradition" focuses on four cities: Berlin, Göttingen, Bonn, and Frankfurt/Main. With a wealth of pictures and documents – many shown for the first time – it demonstrates that during the Wilhelmine Empire and the Weimar Republic there was probably no part of the academic culture of mathematics in which Jewish mathematicians were not actively involved. Jewish mathematicians worked in research, teaching, and publishing, they were active in professional organizations like the German Mathematical Society, and they participated in the public discourse on mathematics. They contributed immensely to the shaping of the mathematical culture of their time.

For more information, check out the Jewish Museum in Berlin's website

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