Hans Wussing

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Hans Wussing

Hans-Ludwig Wußing (born October 15, 1927 in Waldheim ; † April 26, 2011 in Leipzig ) was a German historian of mathematics and science.


Wussing passed his Abitur in Waldheim and studied mathematics and physics at the University of Leipzig from 1947 to 1952 under Ernst Hölder, among others . There he passed the state examination in 1952 and received his doctorate in 1957 ( on embedding finite groups ). From 1956 to 1966 he was an assistant at the Karl Sudhoff Institute for the History of Medicine and Natural Sciences at the University of Leipzig. He completed his habilitation there in 1966 with a groundbreaking work on The Genesis of the Abstract Concept of Groups . From 1966 to 1968 Wussing was a lecturer, since 1968 professor for the history of mathematics and natural sciences. After he was head of a department of the Karl Sudhoff Institute, he headed the institute from 1977 to 1982. In 1984 he became a full member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig and in 1992 he retired .

Wußing is the author of numerous publications on the history of science, author of many mathematicians' biographies and co-editor of several series of works , u. a. of biographies published by Teubner Verlag , the Biographisch-Literarisches Handlexikon der exact Naturwissenschaften (von Poggendorff) and several volumes in the series Ostwald's Classics of Exact Sciences (Euler's work on the theory of functions, Gauß 'diary, Klein's Erlanger program).

In 1993 he received the Kenneth O. May Prize . Wussing had been a member of the Académie internationale d'histoire des sciences since 1981 . Until 1998 he was chairman of the commission for the history of science at the Saxon Academy of Sciences and was involved in the publication of Johann Christian Poggendorff's biographical-literary concise dictionary on the history of the exact sciences .


  • EAGLE-GUIDE From Descartes to Euler. Mathematics and Scientific Revolution , Leipzig, Edition at Gutenbergplatz Leipzig 2013 (EAGLE 064)
  • with Menso Folkerts : EAGLE-GUIDE From Pythagoras to Ptolemy. Mathematics in antiquity , Leipzig, Edition am Gutenbergplatz Leipzig 2012 (EAGLE 055)
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss . Biography and documents , Leipzig, Edition am Gutenbergplatz Leipzig 2011 (EAGLE 051) (With the 60-page appendix CF Gauß and BG Teubner in Leipzig on the 200th anniversary of the company BG Teubner on February 21, 1811 in Leipzig.)
  • EAGLE-GUIDE From Leonardo da Vinci to Galileo Galilei. Mathematics and Renaissance , Leipzig, Edition at Gutenbergplatz Leipzig 2010 (EAGLE 041)
  • EAGLE-GUIDE From Gauss to Poincaré. Mathematics and Industrial Revolution , Leipzig, Edition am Gutenbergplatz Leipzig 2009 (EAGLE 037)
  • 6000 years of mathematics - a cultural-historical journey through time , 2 volumes, Berlin / Heidelberg, Springer 2008, 2009 (series From Counting Stone to Computer , with the participation of Hans-Wilhelm Alten and Heiko Wesemüller-Kock; Volume 2 goes from Euler to the present)
  • with H.-W.Alten, A. Djafari Naini, M. Folkerts, H. Schlosser, Karl-Heinz Schlote : 4000 years of algebra , Springer Verlag 2003
  • The great renewal - on the history of the scientific revolution , Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser 2002
  • Editor: Specialized Lexicon ABC Researcher and Inventor , Frankfurt, Harri Deutsch 1992
  • Editor with Wolfgang Arnold and co-author: Biographies of important mathematicians - a collection of biographies , 1975, 4th edition, Berlin, Volk und Wissen 1989
  • Editor: History of Natural Sciences , Cologne, Aulis Verlag 1987
  • The Genesis of the abstract group concept , MIT Press 1984 (English translation of the habilitation “The Genesis of the abstract group concept - a contribution to the genesis of abstract group theory”, 1966)
  • Lectures on the history of mathematics , Berlin, Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften 1979
  • Mathematics in Antiquity - Mathematics in the Period of the Slavery Society , Leipzig, Teubner 1962, and Aachen, Mayer 1962
  • Nikolaus Kopernikus , Leipzig, Urania 1973
  • Carl Friedrich Gauß , Leipzig, Teubner 1974, 2nd edition 1976
  • Isaac Newton , Leipzig, Teubner 1977, 4th edition 1990
  • Adam Ries , Leipzig, Teubner 1989, 1992; 3rd, revised and expanded edition, Leipzig, Edition am Gutenbergplatz Leipzig 2009 (EAGLE 033)
  • with Wolfgang Kaunzner , editor: Coß von Adam Ries , Stuttgart / Leipzig, Teubner 1992, facsimile volume and commentary volume in a slipcase (TEUBNER ARCHIVE on mathematics, supplement 3)

Literature / Festschrift

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary at the Karl Sudhoff Institute

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