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Welcome to the web pages of the Department of Mathematics.

If you ask the question „What is the essence of a mathematics department?“ a quick answer would be: „…solving deep theoretical questions“. In our case I would add a few more core aspects such as isolating the problems, bridging to the real world, connecting with others and communication.

As one of Europe’s leading institutes at the interface of mathematics with applications and other sciences one of our core missions is to build a bridge between theoretical understanding and practical applications - and to use this bridge in both directions. Concrete problems from engineering, finance, life sciences, data analysis, and other applied or scientific fields often directly lead into the heart of challenging mathematical problems. We try to isolate and solve them! On the other hand a theoretical understanding of the underlying structures often opens up new possibilities for the applications. We try to communicate the solutions to those places where they are needed!

A university consists of research and of teaching, and ideally connects both. Our thorough interest in the theory behind applications is reflected by our teaching profile. We offer a general mathematics bachelor and masters education as well as several master degrees with a specific applied profile. On top of that we also house the elite degree programs TopMath and FIM (Finance and Information Management). Treating students of all levels (bachelor, master, PhD) as individuals with different skill profiles and finding the best way to support and develop them is one of our core missions in education.

Working and learning at the TUM department of mathematics connects the best of two worlds: the inherent beauty of mathematics and the applied power of solid theory.

Jürgen Richter-Gebert (Dean)                


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