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Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Exhibition Catalog

The catalog for the traveling exhibition Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture, published by Springer Verlag, traces the history of Jewish mathematicians in Germany from exclusion to acceptance and back to exclusion. The book examines displacement and exile, but also the question of return. Mirroring the exhibition, further essays focus on the cities of Berlin, Göttingen, Bonn, and Frankfurt and profile individual mathematicians such as Otto Blumenthal, Richard Courant, Emmy Noether, and Paul Bernays. An appendix includes a list of archival holdings related to Jewish mathematicians in Germany.

Broadly, the catalog demonstrates that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jewish mathematicians played a role in just about every area of academic culture in mathematics. Furthermore, the sheer breadth and diversity of their activities refutes all the stereotypes from back then (or even now) that Jewish mathematicians somehow constituted a separate class of their own in the mathematics of their era.


  • Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture
    216 pages with 16 illustrations,
    Berlin, Heidelberg 2009

    ISBN: 978-3-540-69250-8 (Hardcover),
    978-3-540-69252-2 (E-Book)

  • Editors

    Birgit Bergmann, Moritz Epple

  • Design

    init: Feil and Hahn, Roswitha Feil

  • Price

    29,15 euros (Hardcover)
    22,99 euros (E-Book)


You can order this publication from a bookstore, or from the museum by contacting

Janine Lehmann
T +49 (0)30 259 93 410
F +49 (0)30 259 93 409

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Catalogs: Exhibition Publications (43)

Exhibition Publications

Our temporary exhibitions have had accompanying catalogs, journals, and essay collections in various formats.

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Exhibition Catalog

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Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

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Exhibition Catalog

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Exhibition Catalog

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Exhibition Catalog


Braginsky Collection

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Exhibition Catalog


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R.B. Kitaj

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Radical Jewish?

Special Issue for the Radical Jewish Culture Exhibition


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Book about forced labor at the metal and electric goods manufacturer in Berlin's Treptow district

Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis

Exhibition catalog about Jewish authors and illustrators and comics

Flight and Metamorphosis

Exhibition Catalog

Kosher & Co.

Catalog for the exhibition on food and religion containing numerous essays (with free excerpts)


Deadly Medicine

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Exhibition Catalog

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Exhibition Catalog typisch! Klischees von Juden und Anderen
(Typical! Clichés about Jews and Others)

Dateline: Israel

Exhibition catalog of contemporary photography and video art

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Exhibition Catalog Charlotte Salomon. Leben? oder Theater?
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Exhibition Catalog

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Exhibition Catalog


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Exhibition Catalog

Family Pictures

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10+5=Gott (10+5=God)

Exhibition Catalog

Cover “Carlo Levi”

Carlo Levi

Exhibition Catalog Carlo Levi. Ausgewählte Werke 1926–1974
(Carlo Levi. Selected Works, 1926–1974)

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The Story of the Loevy Bronze Foundry (Exhibition Publication)

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Companion publication to two photography projects, Disposable Eyes and Promised Land

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