# Helmuth Gericke

Helmuth Fritz Paul Gericke ( born May 7, 1909 in Aachen, † August 15, 2007 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) was a German mathematician and historian of mathematics.

## Life

From 1926 to 1931 he studied the subjects of physics and mathematics at the universities of Greifswald, Marburg and Göttingen. In 1931 he obtained a doctorate on the topic About the Volta effect. In 1934 he became an assistant to Wilhelm Süss in Freiburg. With him he achieved in 1941 the habilitation of a work to pure mathematics.

After 1945 he helped Sweet, to operate the Mathematical Research Institute in Oberwolfach on. His interest in the history of mathematics was awakened by the work of Joseph Ehrenfried Hofmann, whom he had met in Oberwolfach in 1945 and 1946. In Freiburg, he began in 1947 to hold lectures on topics related to history of mathematics. He also received support from Heinrich Behnke, which enabled him to publish his work.

In 1952 he was appointed associate professor at the University of Freiburg. A professor at the University of Munich he attended in 1963, where he was employed as a senior lecturer Professor of the History of Science. There he founded the Institute for the History of Science. Against his will, he expressed in 1964 was elected deputy chairman of the German Society for the History of Medicine, Science and Technology. In 1977 he became Professor Emeritus.

His professional work began with the topics in differential geometry and the body of the complex numbers. Thereafter he devoted himself from 1947 onwards the themes of the history of mathematics, which he also published some books. Focused on the development of mathematics of ancient Greece and of mathematics in the 19th century.

## Writings

- About the Volta effect, Coburg 1932
- 9 reprints 1935-1953 ( Content: About the largest ball in a convex set of points, 1935 - For the work of P. Ganapathi: A Note on the Oval, 1935 - Some characteristic properties of the circle, 1935 - About a convergence criterion, 1937 - About a inequality for mixed volumes, 1937 - Sustainable areas in a complex Fourier representation, 1940 - algebraic reflections on the Aristotelian syllogisms, 1952 - Some basic ideas of modern algebra, 1952 - About the concept of algebraic structure, 1953)
- On the History of Mathematics at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, with E. Albert, 1955
- Theory of organizations, Mannheim 1963
- The development of physical concepts among the Greeks, Göttingen 1965
- History of the number concept, Mannheim 1970
- 50 years GAMM ( Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics ) as ed, Munich 1972
- From the chronicle of the German Mathematical Society, Stuttgart 1980
- Mathematics in Antiquity and the Orient, Berlin 1984
- Mathematics in the West. From the Roman surveyors to Descartes, Berlin 1990
- Mathematics in Ancient, East and West, Wiesbaden 2003 ( reprint of part volumes in 1984 and 1990)