Reich made in 1960 at Luisengymnasium in Munich her high school diploma. She studied mathematics, physics and astronomy in Munich ( diploma 1966 Fundamentals of the theory of relativity ) and Zurich and was from 1967 to 1973 research assistant at the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum in Munich and at the Institute for the History of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich, where she received her doctorate in 1973 Helmuth Gericke ( "History of the differential geometry of Gauss to Riemann. 1828-1868 ", Archive for history of Exact Sciences, Vol 11, 1973, p 273-382 ). In 1980 she qualified as a professor in Munich ( on the development of Tensorkalküls, 1994 in revised form published as a book ). She was from 1980 Professor of the History of Natural Science and Technology at the College of Librarianship in Stuttgart. 1980/81 and 1981/82 she was a lecturer for the History of Mathematics at the University of Heidelberg and in 1981 they occupied the Chair for the History of Natural Sciences at the University of Hamburg. In 1982 she was a lecturer and 1988 impairment professor of history of mathematics at the University of Stuttgart. It was in 1994 until her retirement a professor at the Institute of History of Natural Science, Mathematics and Technology at the University of Hamburg, whose director she was the successor of Christoph J. Scriba. Reich publications include a biography of Carl Friedrich Gauss, about Michael Stifel and François Viète ( with Gericke she gave an annotated translation of In artem analyticam Isagoge 1591 out ) and the history of vector and tensor calculus ( topic of her post-doctoral ) and the differential geometry. With Kurt Vogel and Gericke she was also in the 1970s, the history of elementary mathematics by John Tropfke reissued.
Reich was a member of the Joachim- Jungius Society and is a member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg and the Academy -profit Sciences Erfurt.
Writings (selection )
- Carl Friedrich Gauss, Munich 1977
- The development of Tensorkalküls. From the absolute differential calculus to relativity theory, Birkhäuser 1994
- Editor ( with Alexander Kreuzer) Emil Artin, Rauner Verlag 2007
- Horst Schmidt- Bocking: Otto Stern. Physicist, creative thinkers, Nobel Prize winners. Societäts -Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2011, ISBN 978-3-942921-23-7.
- Karin Reich: Wolfgang Sartorius von Walter Hausen ( 1809-1876 ). In this. (Ed.): Wolfgang Sartorius von Walter Hausen, Gauss in remembrance. Edition on Gutenbergplatz Leipzig, Leipzig 2012, ISBN 978-3-937219-57-8 (publishing information).