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From Past to Future: Grassmann's Work in Context

Grassmann Bicentennial Conference
(1809 – 1877)
September 16 – 19, 2009  Potsdam / Szczecin  (DE / PL)


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Among those who have already indicated their interest in participating in the Grassmann Conference – more then 80 scientists from over 20 countries, until today –  are:

John Browne,  Mathematica Trainer and Consultant, Quantica Pty Ltd, Blackburn North


Jochen Pfalzgraf, Fachbereich Computerwissenschaften, Universität Salzburg
Christina Katsikadeli, Fachbereich Linguistik, Universität Salzburg
Thomas Krisch, Fachbereich Linguistik, Universität Salzburg
Stefan Niederreiter, Fachbereich Linguistik, Universität Salzburg
Konstantinos Sampanis, Fachbereich Linguistik, Universität Salzburg  


Jacques Riche, Department of Computer Science, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Kleber Mundim, Chemistry Institute of the Brasília University


David Hyder, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa

Hongbo Li, Institute of Systems Science, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing


Mirja Hartimo, Department of Mathematics, University of Tampere
Heikki Orelma, Department of Mathematics, Tampere University of Technology
Janne Pesonen, University of Helsinki

Paola Cantù, Archives Poincaré, Université de Nancy2, Nancy
Henry Crapo, CAMS, EHESS, Paris
Dominique Flament, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme & CNRS, Centre Charles Morazé & Équipe F2DS, Paris
Norbert Schappacher, Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée, Université de Strasbourg

Andre Alexander Bell, Institute of Imaging and Computer Vision, RWTH Aachen University
Albrecht Beutelspacher, Mathematisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Matthias Dengler, Universität Potsdam
Bernhard Frei, Konstanz
Harald Gropp, Universität Heidelberg
Johann Ev. Hafner, Professur für Religionswissenschaften, Universität Potsdam
Mario Harz, Lehrstuhl Technikphilosophie, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus
Utz-Uwe Haus, Research Center Dynamic Systems & Magdeburg Center for Systems Biology,  Institute for Mathematical Optimization, Universität Magdeburg
Anna-Sopie Heinemann, Universität Paderborn, Institut für Humanwissenschaften: Philosophie
Marie-Luise Heuser, Seminar für Philosophie, Technische Universität Braunschweig  
Dietmar Hildenbrand, Graphical interactive systems group, Technische Universität Darmstadt 
Martin Erik Horn, Otto-Hahn-Schule, Berlin/Neukölln
Maria Kozianka, Arbeitsstelle Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Althochdeutschen, SAW Leipzig, Sitz: Lehrstuhl für Indogermanistik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Ralf Krömer, Saarbrücken
Peter Lenke, Universität Potsdam
Jörg Liesen, Institut für Mathematik, Technische Universität Berlin
Mark Minnes, Universität Potsdam
Michael Otte, Prof. em., Universität Bielefeld
Volker Peckhaus, Institut für Humanwissenschaften: Philosophie, Universität Paderborn
Hans-Joachim Petsche, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Potsdam
Mircea Radu, Universität Bielefeld
Karin Reich, Universität Hamburg 
Claus Michael Ringel, Fakultät für Mathematik, Universität Bielefeld
Maria Schetelich, Institut für Indologie und Zentralasienwissenschaften, Universität Leipzig
Karl-Heinz Schlote, Arbeitsstelle für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig
Timna Esther Schneider, Institute of Imaging and Computer Vision, RWTH Aachen University
Peter Sühring, Universität der Künste, Berlin
Rüdiger Thiele, Leipzig
Sabine Ziegler, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leipzig   

Great Britain:
Ian Adamson, King's College London
Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Emeritus Professor, History of Mathematics and Logic, Middlesex University, London
Joan Lasenby, Signal Processing Group, Cambridge University Engineering Department
Steve Russ, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, Coventry


Denes Nagy, Institute for the Advancement of Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne


Peter Simons, Department of  Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin,  College Green


Andrea Brini, Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Bologna
Laura Cena, Borgofranco d'Ivrea
Filippo Demonte-Barbera, Electrical engineer, Borgofranco d'Ivrea  
Paolo Freguglia, Dipartimento di Matematica Pura ed Applicata, Università degli studi, L'Aquila
Luca Gaeta, Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione, Politecnico di Milano
Francesco Regonati, Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Bologna


Toshifumi Goto, Department of Indology and History of Indian Buddhism, Tohoku University, Kawauchi
Eckhard Hitzer, Department of Applied Physics, University of Fukui


Jaime Keller, Departamento de Física y Química Teórica Facultad de Química Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Paul Ziche, Departement Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Utrecht 

Adam Bechler, Institute of Physics, University of Szczecin
Andrzej Dabrowski, Institute of Mathematics, University of Szczecin
Mariusz P. Dabrowski, Institute of Physics, University of Szczecin
Franco Ferrari, Institute of Physics, University of Szczecin
Piotr Krason, Institute of Mathematics, University of Szczecin
Hagen Meltzer, Institute of Mathematics, University of Szczecin
Roman Murawski, Department of Mathematical Logic, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań
Grigorij Sklyar, Institute of Mathematics, University of Szczecin
Jerzy Stelmach, Institute of Physics, University of Szczecin
Ewa Szuszkiewicz,  Institute of Physics, University of Szczecin


Nikolay Marchuk, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

José Ferreirós, Departamento de Filosofía y Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia, Universidad de Sevilla
Marco Panza, Departament d’Humanitats / ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Sri Lanka:

Rupan Sharaman, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Colombo
Satya Priya Bhikku, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Colombo
Dharmasree Sraman, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Colombo


Ambjorn Naeve, Knowledge Management Research Group, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Lars Svensson, Department of Mathematics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


Guerino Mazzola, Professor for collaborative arts and music theory, University of Minnesota, Ferguson Hall

United States:

David Hestenes, Emeritus Professor of  Theoretical physics, Arizona
F. William Lawvere, Department of Mathematics, University at Buffalo
Sandra Lapointe, Department of Philosophy, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Albert C. Lewis, Educational Advancement Foundation, Austin
John Ohala, Professor emeritus of Linguistics, Berkeley
William Schmitt, Department of Mathematics, George Washington University, Washington DC
Alvin Swimmer, Professor emeritus of mathematics, Arizona State University   

Greetings and best wishes for our conference we received from:

Michael J. Crowe, Emeritus Professor, University of Notre Dame, US

“Although years ago I had done a fair amount of work on Grassmann, my research interests have now moved in other directions. Also I am retired and now do only limited travel. Consequently, I will not participate, but I send every best wish to  you and your participants, especially Albert Lewis, Lloyd Kannenberg, and Ivor Grattan-Guinness, whom I have known for many years.  I'll watch for the translation of  your biography and for the proceedings of the conference.”

Jeremy Gray, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The Open University, UK

 “This looks like a very important meeting. It is with great regret that I have to say that I shall be unable to attend, but it is my loss. Best wishes“

Karen Parshall,  Department of  Mathematics, University of Virginia, USA

 “My work for the foreseeable future is in a direction far from the nineteenth century, so I am afraid that I would not have anything to contribute.  I do, however, wish you luck with the conference, which I am sure will be an excellent one, given the people you already have lined up to participate.”

Renate Tobies, Historisches Seminar, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Deutschland

 "Das ist ein sehr gutes Vorhaben und ich wünsche gutes Gelingen. Selbst kann ich mich leider nicht beteiligen.“

R. Steven Turner, Department of History, University of New Brunswick, Canada

 "I am very grateful to the invitation to participate in the planned conference on Grassmann, but personal circumstances make it impossible for me to do so.  I wish you the best of luck with the conference planning."

It seems that we have good reasons to look forward to our conference with great enthusiasm.

July 29, 2009

    Conference Patron:
    Dr. Manfred Stolpe

   Funded by:


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Universität Potsdam

Universitätsgesellschaft Potsdam e.V.

Universytet Szczecinski

Birkhäuser Verlag