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Magical triangles at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Curtain up for a new episode of "Meeting Einstein" in the Academy hall of the Jewish Museum Berlin. On May 28th Einstein Professor Michael Joswig held his lecture about "Museums, triangles and algebraic curves - geometry is everywhere" in front of more than 160 guests. The Academy hall offered the perfect scenery for Joswigs journey from combinatorial to real algebraic geometry. Among others, Joswig tried to answer the following question: How many guards are needed in order to protect the high value of art treasures in a museum?

"It was a great honour to get the chance to speak at the Jewish Museum Berlin. We all felt the architecture of the hall and the building as well as the atmosphere in the room. I really hope that I was able to offer some incentives for the solution of the 'museum guard problem' to the guests", Joswig summarizes shortly after his lecture.

The "Meeting Einstein" lecture was a complete success. Not only has it been able to inspire a mixed audience, but also to present another very successful evening to the science scene of Berlin. The Academy hall was filled with learning, thinking, laughing and of course discussing among the guests. For example the question of whether there are any other geometric forms to split up a room in order to protect art treasures. And did you know that the triangulation of polygons helps to solve the problem? The guests of the lecture do know that - and luckily you do, too by now.

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Michael Joswig researches in the area of polyhedral and geometric combinatorics, and develops mathematical software. He is Professor of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry at the Technische Universität Berlin.