Albrecht Beutelspacher

Albrecht Beutelspacher ( born June 5, 1950 in Tübingen) is since 1988 professor of mathematics at the Justus -Liebig- University Giessen, where he conducts research at the Mathematical Institute on Geometry and Discrete Mathematics. He is also founder and director of the Mathematikum in Giessen.


Albrecht Beutelspacher was born in 1950 as a child of Hans and Ilse Rose, née de Pay, in Tübingen. He attended there from 1957 to 1961, the Melanchthon - school and then from 1961 to 1969 the Uhland Gymnasium. From 1969 to 1973 he studied mathematics with minors in physics and philosophy at the University of Tübingen. After that, he was until 1982 a research associate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where he received his doctorate in 1976 at Judita Cofman with the dissertation Teilfaserungen and parallelisms in finite projective spaces. From 1982 to 1985 he was a professor on time in Mainz, after which he spent two years in the research department of the Siemens AG. Since 1988 he is professor for Geometry and Discrete Mathematics at the Justus -Liebig- University of Giessen.

In 2002 he founded at Giessen with the Mathematikum a mathematics museum that invites visitors to actively engage with the objects and try out the experiments. Beutelspacher also has its own column in the image of science for its entertaining posts related to mathematics.

Since 2007, he has presented on BR -alpha the consignment Hands-on Mathematics. This show dealt with popular scientific mathematical problems of everyday life. The format of this consignment corresponds to the alpha Centauri or mind & brain.


In 2000 Beutelspacher the Archimedes Prize of the German Association was awarded to promote math and science education. He was also in this year the first winner of the newly created Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation, is awarded to scientists who have made ​​outstanding contributions to the public presentation of their subject areas.

In 2003 he received the Badge of Honour of the German Mathematical Society.

For the establishment of the Mathematikum Beutelspacher was 2004, the first German IQ price of Mensa in Germany awarded eV. On 28 August of the same year he the Benedictus Gotthelf Teubner Prize was awarded in 2004 in Leipzig.

In 2005 he was nominated for the " Descartes Prize for Science Communication " of the European Commission.

In 2008 he received the Hessian Culture Award for his contribution to the popularization of mathematics.

2010 honorary doctorate from the University of Siegen, he was awarded. In the same year he was awarded the first-ever Academy Education Award, awarded by Academy Association for Educational Guidance eV


  • Scientific works
  • Introduction to the finite geometry. Volume 1: Block plans. Bibliographical Institute Science Publishers, Mannheim, inter alia, 1982, ISBN 3-411-01632-9.
  • Introduction to the finite geometry. Volume 2: Projective spaces. Bibliographical Institute Science Publishers, Mannheim, inter alia, 1983, ISBN 3-411-01648-5.
  • Cryptology. An introduction to the science of encrypting, hiding and concealment. Without all the secrecy, but not without a sly rogue, shown to benefit and delight of the general public. Vieweg, Braunschweig, inter alia, 1987, ISBN 3-528-08990-3 ( 9, updated edition. Vieweg Teubner, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0703-8 ).
  • With Ute Rosenbaum: Projective geometry. From the basics to applications ( = Vieweg study. Aufbaukurs mathematics. Vol. 41). Vieweg Teubner, 1992 Braunschweig, among other things, ISBN 3-528-07241-5 (2nd, revised and expanded edition. Vieweg, Wiesbaden, inter alia, 2004, ISBN 3- 528-17241 -X).
  • Lynn Margaret Batten: The Theory of finite linear spaces. combinatorics of Points and Lines. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, inter alia, 1993, ISBN 0-521-33317-2.
  • Linear Algebra. An introduction to the science of vectors, illustrations and matrices. With loving explanations, plausible examples and rewarding exercises, not without funny sayings, humorous tone and light irony, shown to benefit the students of the first semester. Vieweg, Braunschweig et al, 1994, ISBN 3-528-06508-7 ( 7, updated edition. Vieweg Teubner, Wiesbaden 2010, ISBN 978-3-528-66508-1 ).
  • Jörg Schwenk and Klaus -Dieter Wolfstetter: Modern methods of cryptography. From RSA to zero-knowledge. Vieweg, Braunschweig, inter alia, 1995, ISBN 3-528-06590-7 (7th revised edition. Vieweg Teubner, Wiesbaden 2010, ISBN 978-3-8348-1228-5 ).
  • With Marc- Alexander Zschiegner: Discrete Mathematics for beginners. With applications in engineering and computer science. Vieweg, Braunschweig others 2002, ISBN 3-528-06989-9 (4th, updated edition. Vieweg Teubner, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-8348-1248-3 ).
  • Heike B. Neumann and Paul Thomas Schwarz: Cryptography in theory and practice. Mathematical foundations for electronic money, Internet security and mobile. Vieweg Teubner, Braunschweig and Wiesbaden 2005, ISBN 3-528-03168-9.
  • Survival kit mathematics. Math Basics for the start of the study. Vieweg Teubner, Wiesbaden 2010, ISBN 978-3-8348-1258-2.
  • Science and art
  • Bernhard Petri: The golden section. Bibliographical Institute Science Publishers, Mannheim, inter alia, 1989, ISBN 3-411-03155-7 ( 2nd revised and enlarged edition. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, inter alia, 1996, ISBN 3-86025-404-9 ).
  • "This is o.B.d.A. trivial! " An instruction manual for the formulation of mathematical ideas with many practical tips for students of mathematics and computer science. Vieweg, Braunschweig, among other things, 1991, ISBN 3-528-06442-0 ( 9, updated edition. Vieweg Teubner, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0771-7 ).
  • " In math I was always bad ... " Reports and images of mathematics and mathematicians, problems and jokes, infinity, and of course, pure and applied, more cheerful and more serious mathematics. Vieweg, Braunschweig, inter alia, 1996, ISBN 3-528-06783-7 (5th, revised edition. Vieweg Teubner, Braunschweig, 2009, ISBN 978-3-8348-0774-8 ).
  • Pasta All'Infinito. My journey to Italy in mathematics. CH Beck, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-406-45404-6 ( 4th ed. Ibid. 2000, ISBN 3-406-45404-6 ).
  • Mathematics for the vest pocket. From abacus to chance. Piper, Munich, and others, 2001, ISBN 3-492-04353-4 ( 6th edition. Ibid, 2009, ISBN 978-3-492-04353-3 ).
  • Christian and the number of artists. A journey into the wonderful world of Mathematics. CH Beck, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-406-52708-6 ( third, revised edition. Ibid. 2006, ISBN 3-406-52708-6 ).
  • Once six numbers and other math miracle. Piper, Munich, and others, 2007, ISBN 978-3-492-05036-4 ( 3rd ed. Ibid. 2008).
  • Marcus Wagner: As you climb through a postcard. And ... other exciting mathematical experiments. Herder, Freiburg (Breisgau ) and others 2008, ISBN 978-3-451-29643-7.
  • Albrecht Beutelspacher Small Mathematikum. The 101 most important questions and answers to mathematics. CH Beck, München 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-60202-3 ( third, revised edition. Ibid. 2010).
  • Marcus Wagner: Why cows like to graze in a semicircle. And ... other mathematical brain teasers. Herder, Freiburg (Breisgau ) 2010, ISBN 978-3-451-30226-8.