Meyer Elkan Fürth Sefer yir’at shamayim [The Book of Fear of Heaven] Dessau, 1820 Before the emancipation, learned Jews used mathematics primarily as a tool for calculating the Jewish calendar. As opportunities opened for Jews in German academia, Jewish mathematicians became leaders in the field.

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


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Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum

are pleased to invite you to the opening of

Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Featuring speakers:

Peter D. Lax
Professor Emeritus, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York

Moritz Epple
Professor of History of Science, University of Frankfurt/Main

and a performance by:

Momenta Quartet

5:30 pm Exhibition Viewing and Light Refreshments

6:00 pm Program

Reservations required at or call 212-868-4444

Transcending Tradition presents the life and work of Jewish mathematicians in Germany. Spanning a period of 150 years, it documents their emergence from segregation into the academic limelight, recalls their emigration, flight, or death after 1933, and illuminates their lasting legacies.

The exhibition was produced by the History of Science Group at Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with historians of mathematics, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt/Main and the German Mathematical society. It highlights the key role of Jewish mathematicians in German-speaking academic culture before 1933—in teaching and academic research, professional organizations, and throughout mathematical culture.

The exhibition has been adapted and is co-presented by the Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum.

The New York presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation.  Additional support has been provided by the Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main, by the Goethe-Institut New York, and by the Springer Publishing House.

Momenta Quartet, the Ensemble-in-Residence of Stern College for Women, appears on this program thanks to the generous support of the Beatrice Diener Endowment for Music.