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Einstein Questionnaire

Peter K. Friz

The mathematician Peter K. Friz conducts his research in the area of stochastic and financial mathematics. Since 2017 he is Einstein Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin. Professor Friz studied mathematics at the University of Vienna, École Centrale Paris, University of Cambridge and New York University. 

 

Please name three things that you spontaneously connect to Albert Einstein!
1. E=mc2.
2. The Theory of Relativity. 
3. The Einstein Summation Convention - a notation, which brings a smile to my face time and again – and in the same league: the Heaviside step function.

 

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you get to work, and why?
I ask myself whether this would be a good day to tidy up my desk or jump straight into mathematics. The answer is (nearly) always the same ...

 

Is there a specific location in Berlin, which you associate with your research work?
The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics: an exceptional centre for mathematics, which provides me with a lot of inspiration.

 

Please give your research project a suitable fantasy name! 
“Rough stuff“ – this incidentally was the amusing suggestion made by my former colleague at Cambridge, G. Grimmets, for the title of my readership in 2007.

 

Who or what do you get inspiration from in your work?
The many incredibly talented young people from all over the world that I work with on a daily basis. The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) has created an amazing environment here.

 

Juli 2018