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Mathematics in Berlin at the Humboldt University: From 1953 until now. (English) Zbl 0903.01013
Begehr, H. G. W. (ed.) et al., Mathematics in Berlin. Basel: Birkhäuser. 169-176 (1998).
The paper follows the development of the science of mathematics at the Humboldt University of Berlin between 1953-1997, starting from the three main historical and political events that had a major influence upon it:
– erection of the German wall in 1961 resulted in the separation of the mathematicians and ceasing of the traditional contacts;
– the reform of the universities (known as the “III. Hochschulreform”), aimed at creating a university for masses, with several, strictly specialized sections; thus, three mathematical institutes have been created, as follows: The Institute of Mathematics I, concentrating on pure mathematics, The Institute of Mathematics II – applied mathematics and The Institute for Mathematical Logic, dealing with the didactics and education of teachers in maths;
– reunification of Germany in 1990, trying to re-establish a free academic career for all those deserving it, independent of any political involvement.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 0997.00008].
Reviewer: C.Irimia (Iaşi)
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