Albrecht Beutelspacher

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Albrecht Beutelspacher (born June 5, 1950 in Tübingen ) is a German mathematician. From 1988 to 2018 he was Professor of Geometry and Discrete Mathematics at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen . He is the founder and director of the Mathematikum in Gießen .


Albrecht Beutelspacher was born in 1950 as a child of Hans and Ilserose Beutelspacher, b. de Pay, born in Tübingen. He attended the Melanchthon School there from 1957 to 1961 and then from 1961 to 1969 the Uhland High School . From 1969 to 1973 he studied mathematics with the minor subjects physics and philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen . He then worked as a research assistant at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz until 1982 , where he did his doctorate in 1976 with Judita Cofman with the dissertation Partial Fibers and Parallelisms in Finite-Dimensional Projective Spaces . From 1982 to 1985 he held a temporary professorship in Mainz, after which he worked for two years in the research department of Siemens AG . From 1988 to 2018 he held a professorship for geometry and discrete mathematics at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen .

In addition, Beutelspacher has done public relations work in the field of mathematics. In 2002 he founded the Mathematikum in Gießen , a 'mathematics museum' whose visitors are invited to actively deal with the objects and try out the experiments. In the journal Bild der Wissenschaft , Beutelspacher has its own column for entertaining articles related to mathematics. Since 2007 he has moderated the program Mathematics to touch on BR-alpha , in which everyday mathematical problems are dealt with in popular science. The format of this broadcast corresponds to that of alpha-Centauri or Geist & Brain . In 2015 he gave mathematics lectures for children at the University of Düsseldorf.


In 2000, Beutelspacher was awarded the Archimedes Prize of the German Association for the Promotion of Mathematics and Science Education . In addition, this year he was the first recipient of the newly created Communicator Prize of the German Research Foundation , which is awarded to scientists who have made a contribution to the public presentation of their subject.

In 2003 he received the badge of honor from the German Mathematicians Association .

In 2004, Beutelspacher was awarded the first German IQ Prize by Mensa in Deutschland e. V. awarded. On August 28 of the same year he was presented with the 2004 Benedictus Gotthelf Teubner Prize in Leipzig .

In 2005 he was nominated for the " Descartes Prize for Science Communication " of the European Commission .

In 2008 he received the Hessian Culture Prize for his contributions to popularizing mathematics.

In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Siegen . In the same year he received the first Academy Education Award, awarded by the Academy Verein für Bildungsberatung e. V.

In November 2014, Beutelspacher was awarded the “ Medal for Scientific Journalism ”. The medal is awarded by the German Physical Society to personalities who are particularly committed to the dissemination of scientific and physical thinking in German-speaking countries.

In 2016 he received the Hessian Order of Merit .


  • Scientific works
    • Introduction to finite geometry. Volume 1: Block Plans. Bibliographisches Institut Wissenschaftsverlag, Mannheim et al. 1982, ISBN 3-411-01632-9 .
    • Introduction to finite geometry. Volume 2: Projective Spaces. Bibliographisches Institut Wissenschaftsverlag, Mannheim et al. 1983, ISBN 3-411-01648-5 .
    • Cryptology. An introduction to the science of encryption, concealment, and concealment. Without any secrecy, but not without deceitful rogue, presented for the benefit and delight of the general public. Vieweg, Braunschweig et al. 1987, ISBN 3-528-08990-3 (9th, updated edition. Vieweg + Teubner, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0703-8 ).
    • “That is trivial!” Instructions for the formulation of mathematical thoughts with many practical tips for students of mathematics and computer science. Vieweg, Braunschweig et al. 1991, ISBN 3-528-06442-0 (9th, updated edition. Vieweg + Teubner, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0771-7 ).
    • with Ute Rosenbaum: Projective Geometry. From the basics to the applications (= Vieweg course. Advanced course in mathematics. Vol. 41). Vieweg + Teubner, Braunschweig et al. 1992, ISBN 3-528-07241-5 (2nd, reviewed and expanded edition. Vieweg, Wiesbaden et al. 2004, ISBN 3-528-17241-X ).
    • with Lynn Margaret Batten: The Theory of Finite Linear Spaces. combinatorics of points and lines. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge et al. 1993, ISBN 0-521-33317-2 .
    • Linear Algebra. An introduction to the science of vectors, maps, and matrices. 8th, updated edition. Springer Spectrum, Wiesbaden 2014, ISBN 978-3-658-02412-3 , doi : 10.1007 / 978-3-658-02413-0 .
    • with Jörg Schwenk and Klaus-Dieter Wolfenstetter: Modern methods of cryptography. From RSA to zero knowledge. Vieweg, Braunschweig et al. 1995, ISBN 3-528-06590-7 (7th, revised edition. Vieweg + Teubner, Wiesbaden 2010, ISBN 978-3-8348-1228-5 ).
    • with Marc-Alexander Zschiegner: Discrete Mathematics for Beginners. With applications in technology and IT. Vieweg, Braunschweig et al. 2002, ISBN 3-528-06989-9 (4th, updated edition. Vieweg + Teubner, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-8348-1248-3 ).
    • with Heike B. Neumann and Thomas Schwarzpaul: Cryptography in theory and practice. Mathematical basics for electronic money, internet security, and cellular communications. Vieweg + Teubner, Braunschweig and Wiesbaden 2005, ISBN 3-528-03168-9 .
    • Survival kit math. Math basics at the beginning of your studies. Vieweg + Teubner, Wiesbaden 2010, ISBN 978-3-8348-1258-2 .
  • Popular scientific works
    • with Bernhard Petri: The golden section. Bibliographisches Institut Wissenschaftsverlag, Mannheim et al. 1989, ISBN 3-411-03155-7 (2nd, revised and expanded edition. Spectrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg et al. 1996, ISBN 3-86025-404-9 ).
    • “I was always bad at math…” Reports and pictures from maths and mathematicians, problems and jokes, infinity and comprehensibility, pure and applied, cheerful and serious mathematics. Vieweg, Braunschweig et al. 1996, ISBN 3-528-06783-7 (5th, updated edition. Vieweg + Teubner, Braunschweig 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0774-8 ).
    • Secret Languages ​​- History and Techniques. CH Beck Munich 1997, 4th edition, ibid 2005, ISBN 3406490468 .
    • Pasta all'infinito. My Italian trip to math. CH Beck, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-406-45404-6 (4th edition, ibid. 2000, ISBN 3-406-45404-6 , review on )
    • Mathematics in the pocket. From abacus to chance. Piper, Munich et al. 2001, ISBN 3-492-04353-4 (6th edition, ibid. 2009, ISBN 978-3-492-04353-3 ).
    • Christian and the number artist. A journey into the wondrous world of mathematics. CH Beck, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-406-52708-6 (3rd, revised edition, ibid 2006, ISBN 3-406-52708-6 ).
    • Six correct numbers and other math wonders. Piper, Munich et al. 2007, ISBN 978-3-492-05036-4 (3rd edition, ibid 2008).
    • with Marcus Wagner: How to step through a postcard. ... and other exciting mathematical experiments. Herder, Freiburg (Breisgau) et al. 2008, ISBN 978-3-451-29643-7 .
    • Albrecht Beutelspacher's Small Mathematical Course. The 101 most important questions and answers about mathematics. CH Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-60202-3 (3rd, revised edition, ibid 2010).
    • with Marcus Wagner: Why cows like to graze in a semicircle. ... and other math puzzles. Herder, Freiburg (Breisgau) 2010, ISBN 978-3-451-30226-8 .
    • Numbers. History, laws, secrets. CH Beck, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-406-64871-7 .
    • How to slip into a soap bubble. CH Beck, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-406-68135-6 .
    • with Marcus Wagner: How to blow up a cube . Herder, Freiburg (Breisgau) et al. 2019, ISBN 978-3-451-60068-5
    • Zero, infinite and the wild 13. The most important numbers and their history . CH Beck, Munich 2020, ISBN 978-3-406-74967-4

Individual evidence

  1. Barbara Czernek: Last lecture by Albrecht Beutelspacher at JLU Gießen , Gießener Anzeiger, July 2018, online ( memento from August 26, 2018 in the Internet Archive ).
  2. Manuela Falk: Giessener Professor Albrecht Beutelspacher lives for the world of numbers . Giessener Anzeiger, 2016 (?)
  3. Meriem Benslim: Math at the Children's University - Saying simpler things too . Deutschlandfunk, May 16, 2015
  4. Archimedes Prize for Mathematics to Prof. Dr. Albrecht Beutelspacher. In: Information Service Science . Justus Liebig University Giessen, April 12, 2000, accessed on August 9, 2012 : “Prof. Beutelspacher's contributions to the popularization of mathematics are recognized [...]. With numerous books, such as "I was always bad at math ..." [...] and "Pasta all'infinito. My Italian Journey into Mathematics "[...] and above all with the exhibitions" Mathematics to touch "[...] he succeeded in introducing many people to mathematics [...] as applied science, cultural studies and [...] as pure pleasure."
  5. ^ German Research Foundation: Communicator Prize 2000 to Albrecht Beutelspacher
  6. "Clarity is the magic word in mathematics": Prof. Albrecht Beutelspacher will be 60 years old on June 5 , Gießener Anzeiger , May 18, 2010
  7. Benedictus Gotthelf Teubner Sponsorship Award
  8. ^ Professor Albrecht Beutelspacher Honorary Doctor of the University of Siegen , in: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft from November 17, 2010, accessed on November 22, 2010
  9. University of Siegen awards Prof. Albrecht Beutelspacher the honorary doctorate . Giessener Allgemeine, November 18, 2010
  10. Academy Education Prize to Prof. Dr. Albrecht Beutelspacher. (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; accessed on May 16, 2012 : “In addition to his scientific work, the interactive mathematics museum Mathematikum in Giessen is his very personal life's work. Here he realized the vision of extracting mathematical knowledge from the university - the 'ivory tower' of the critics - and presenting it to a broad population in an exciting and understandable way. "
  11. ^ Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft: Medal for Scientific Journalism: previous award winners
  12. Charlotte Brückner-Ihl: Hessian Order of Merit for Prof. Albrecht Beutelspacher. Justus Liebig University Giessen, press release from January 22, 2016 at the Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (, accessed on January 22, 2016.

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