Mathematics Münster

Dynamics - Geometry - Structure

Mathematics is a key technology for scientific and economic progress. New discoveries in mathematics are not only interesting in themselves, but they often lead to unexpected breakthroughs in other sciences as well.

We will tackle fundamentally important mathematical problems, viewing mathematics as an organic whole with countless interactions. The research in our Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster" is unified by three major approaches: focusing on the underlying structure of a given problem, taking the geometric viewpoint and studying the relevant dynamics of group or semigroup actions. The theories which we will build will not only solve the problems under consideration but also many others of a similar nature; these theories will also raise exciting new questions.

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Giles Gardam disproves Kaplansky's unit conjecture

The Kaplansky conjectures are three long-standing open problems on the group rings of torsion-free groups. Last week, Dr. Giles Gardam, postdoc in Mathematics Münster's topology group, announced that he succeeded to disprove the strongest of these three conjectures, namely the unit conjecture. In this interview, he tells us what fascinates him about the conjecture, how he came to his findings, and how the research community reacted. 

Online event

Blick in den Körper: Über das Inverse und medizinische Bildgebung

Virtuelle Ausgabe der öffentlichen Reihe "Brücken in der Mathematik" am 24. März

Moderne Technik erlaubt den Blick in den Körper, ohne ihn zu öffnen. Es wird sozusagen berechnet, wie der Mensch von innen aussieht. Um die entsprechenden Technologien zu entwickeln, bedurfte es einiger fundamentaler mathematischer Erkenntnisse. Einen Einblick gibt Prof. Dr. Benedikt Wirth in seinem Online-Vortrag "Blick in den Körper: Über das Inverse und medizinische Bildgebung" am Mittwoch, 24. März 2021, 19:30 Uhr, im Livestream. Alle Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen.

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Patience and perseverance

A portrait of Gustav Holzegel, mathematician and Humboldt professor

To be world chess champion – that was the plan when he was just eight years old. Although Gustav Holzegel did not achieve his aim, he can still be satisfied. The mathematician is a recognised expert in the field of General Relativity and has undertaken research at leading international institutes. Since November he has been a professor at the University of Münster supported by a recently awarded a Humboldt professorship, the most valuable research award in Germany.