Martin Golubitsky

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Martin Aaron Golubitsky (born April 5, 1945 in Philadelphia ) is an American mathematician.

Martin Golubitsky, Berkeley 1982

Golubitsky studied at the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's and master's degree in 1966 and received his doctorate in 1970 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Victor Guillemin ( Primitive Actions and Maximal Subgroups of Lie Groups ). As a post-graduate student , he was at UCLA and MIT. In 1974 he became an Assistant Professor and 1977 Associate Professor at Queens College . In 1977/78 he was at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University and in 1978 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study . In 1979 he became a professor at the University of Arizona and in 1983 professor at the University of Houston , where he was Cullen Distinguished Professor from 1989 . In 2008 he went to Ohio State University as a professor , where he is also director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute.

He was visiting professor in Nice, at Duke University, Berkeley University, Toronto University and Adjunct Professor at Rice University . He was visiting scholar at the Fields Institute (then at the University of Waterloo), the Biodynamics Center at Boston University, and the Isaac Newton Institute and Trinity College in Cambridge.

He deals with nonlinear dynamics ( chaos theory ) and bifurcation theory and in particular with the role of symmetries in pattern formation in physical and biological systems as well as the role of network architectures in coupled systems. This also led to popular science books with Ian Stewart, among others . Her book The Symmetry Perspective won the 2001 Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize .

He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society , the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science .


  • with Victor Guillemin Stable mappings and their singularities , Graduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer Verlag 1973
  • with DG Schaeffer Singularities and Groups in Bifurcation Theory , Springer Verlag, Volume 1, 1985, Volume 2 (with Ian Stewart) 1988
  • with M. Dellnitz Linear Algebra and Differential Equations using Matlab , Brooks-Cole 1999
  • with Ian Stewart The Symmetry Perspective: From Equilibrium to Chaos in Phase Space and Physical Space , Progress in Mathematics, Birkhäuser 2002 (received the Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize)
  • with Stewart Does God think symmetrically? , Birkhäuser 1993 (English original Fearful Symmetry: is God a Geometer?, Blackwell Publ, 1992)
  • with M. Field: Symmetry in Chaos. A search for pattern in mathematics, art and nature , Oxford University Press 1992 (German translation: Chaotic Symmetrien , Birkhäuser 1993)

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