Snapshots of modern mathematics

Snapshots of modern mathematics
Nov. 10, 2015

Snapshots are short, easy to understand articles on recent topics of mathematical research. They explain mathematical problems and ideas in an accessible and understandable way, and provide exciting insights into current topics of the mathematical community for everyone who is interested in modern mathematics.

The snapshots are all written by real experts in their fields:
At the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, every week 50 to 60 experts from all over the world work together on current challenges in the field of Mathematics. They introduce new results, discuss different approaches and develop new ideas. After each symposium, the institute asks selected participants to explain one aspect of their research in a comprehensible language to a general audience in a few pages. A team of young mathematicians revise the articles in close collaboration with the authors and assists them in communicating complicated matters to a broad audience. Together they prepare an edited version for publication.

Find all published snapshots at the IMAGINARY texts section!
So far, there are 23 Snapshots available in English and German. More are to come. Some of the English articles are already being translated into other languages. You can filter by mathematical field and/or connections to other fields, as well as authors.

The snapshot project is designed to promote the understanding and appreciation of modern mathematics and mathematical research in the general public world-wide. As part of the project “Oberwolfach meets IMAGINARY, it is funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

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Aug. 26, 2012

In Tecopólis, a huge science and technology fair in Buenos Aires, a 4 x 4 x 3 meter projected and interactive Morenaments Room invites all visitors to play and create own wallpapers! See this video for some details on the IMAGINARY installation at Tecnópolis: https://www. more

Jul. 26, 2012

SURFER is presented as part of a big IMAGINARY installation in Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires Argentina. For the first time a half dome with 7.5 meters diameter has been constructed to host 3 SURFER touch screen panels and a gallery of algebraic surfaces. The dome features coordinate axes and is the eyecatcher of the “Pabellón de Matemática” of Tecnópolis 2012.Read more

Jul. 26, 2012

At the Oberwolfach IMAGINARY workshop in July 2012 it was decided to put a focus on web development. For the program SURFER it is planned to offer a web version, i. e. a Java ray tracer of algebraic surfaces in form of a browser applet. This applet can the be easily controlled in the browser html environment through javascript commands. The user interface can...Read more