An Up-Close Look at Mathematics and Computer Science

On Sunday, July 20, 2014 the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) will once again welcome anyone interested in mathematics and computer science to the Karlstorbahnhof in Heidelberg.  At the arts center housed in a former train station, the foundation will feature the interactive exhibition IMAGINARY, conceived by the mathematical research institute Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO), for visitors of all ages.  The opening of the exhibition coincides with the beginning of a week-long film festival, at which experts will introduce and explain the contents of the films that focus on topics from mathematics and computer science. For more details, the festival program and other information, please go to our website:

The travelling exhibition IMAGINARY, designed and regularly updated by the mathematicians at the MFO, will open on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. and will run until August 10; it is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit contains elaborate images and prints featuring visualizations of mathematical equations, interactive installations, 3D sculptures and several experiment booths, courtesy by phaeno Wolfsburg, on mathematical phenomena. The exhibiton is suitable for adults, teenagers and children alike. IMAGINARY is designed as a travelling exhibition and has already attracted a lot of visitors in more than 100 cities worldwide. It is compiled individually for each location. For details on the exhibit, go to:

The HLFF film festival will start on July 20 at the cinema in Karlstorbahnhof with a documentary on the German computer pioneer Konrad Zuse. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Before this screening, the film MESH will be presented every hour beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The film festival will also show this film each day at 6:00 p.m. to kick off each day’s program. Different films will be presented daily, all of which deal with some aspect of the overarching topics of mathematics and computer science. For the main films, experts will be on hand to introduce the films; they will also be available to answer questions and discuss them after each respective performance. School classes can register for morning excursions (exhibit and film presented by an expert) by contacting the foundation. Admission is free for these morning excursions.

A particular highlight will be on the last evening of the film festival on July 26, 2014, when the film COLORS OF MATH will be shown. This new film from the Russian documentary film maker Ekaterina Eremenko shows the beauty of mathematics through the eyes of famous contemporary mathematicians. On July 24, we will welcome Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, professor for mathematics and actor in the firm Comment j’ai détesté les Maths. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is president of the European Research Council.

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The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) every year. The HLF is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world and will take place for the second time at the end of September. To bring mathematics and computer science into life, the foundation offers a broad outreach program full of activities for the general public. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) was initiated by the Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA). The 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 21 to 26, 2014.

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Sabine Kluge
Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany
Telephone: +49-6221-533 385

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Christiane Schirok
Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany
Telephone: +49-6221-533 382

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