Prof. Albrecht Beutelspacher, Professor for Discrete Mathematics and Geometry at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, created the Mathematikum, the world's first mathematical science center, in 2002.
The idea for the Mathematikum was conceived during a geometric models seminar in 1993, where Prof. Beutelspacher's students constructed and described mathematical models. Since its foundation in 2002, more than 17,000 school classes and 150,000 annual visitors have come to explore and decipher the museum's 150 hands-on exhibits that include stunning puzzles, giant soap bubbles, deceiving mirrors, and mysterious bridges.
Located in Giessen, Germany, the Mathematikum provides a variety of programs that fascinate young and old, such as number stories, mathematical mini shows, lectures for children and adults, a math academy, concerts, and art shows. In addition to his regular lecture series at the Mathematikum, Prof. Beutelspacher delivered ten special lectures as part of the institution's tenth anniversary celebration. Each of the lectures focused on a number between one and ten.
Prof. Beutelspacher has received numerous awards and honors, including the Communicator Award, which was conferred by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2000. It is bestowed upon researchers who have communicated their scientific findings to the public with exceptional success, and Prof. Beutelspacher was the first recipient of this prestigious award.