Karin Reich

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Karin Anna Reich (nee Bienfang; born October 13, 1941 in Munich ) is a German mathematician.

Reich graduated from the Luisengymnasium in Munich in 1960 . She studied mathematics, physics and astronomy in Munich (diploma 1966 with basics of relativity theory ) and Zurich. From 1967 to 1973 she was a research assistant at the research institute of the Deutsches Museum in Munich and at the Institute for the History of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich , where she received her doctorate in 1973 under Helmuth Gericke (with the study The History of Differential Geometry by Gauß to Riemann. 1828–1868 ). In 1980 she qualified as a professor in Munich (on the development of the tensor calculus , published in a revised book in 1994). From 1980 she was professor for the history of natural science and technology at the University of Applied Sciences for Libraries in Stuttgart. In 1980/81 and 1981/82 she had a teaching position for the history of mathematics at the University of Heidelberg , and in 1981 she was the chair for the history of natural sciences at the University of Hamburg. In 1982 she was a private lecturer and in 1988 an extraordinary professor for the history of mathematics at the University of Stuttgart .

From 1994 until her retirement in 2007, Reich was a professor at the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Mathematics and Technology at the University of Hamburg , of which she was director as the successor to Christoph J. Scriba .

Among other things, Reich published biographies on Carl Friedrich Gauß , Michael Stifel and François Viète (with Gericke she edited an annotated translation of In artem analyticam isagoge from 1591) and on the history of vector and tensor calculus (subject of her habilitation) and differential geometry . With Kurt Vogel and Gericke they were in the 1970s, the history of elementary mathematics from John Tropfke reissued.

Reich was a member of the Joachim Jungius Society and is a member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg , the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen and the Academy of Nonprofit Sciences in Erfurt .

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  • Gudrun Wolfschmidt (Ed.): "There is no special path to geometry for kings". Festschrift for Karin Reich . Rauner, Augsburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-936905-23-6 .
  • Alexander Odefey (ed.): To the history of the mathematical sciences. Festschrift for Karin Reich on her 65th birthday . Publishing house for the history of natural sciences and technology, Diepholz et al. 2009, ISBN 978-3-928186-80-3 .

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  1. Published in the Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Vol. 11, 1973, pp. 273–382, doi: 10.1007 / BF00357392 .