- We teach pure mathematics in modern high level applied
Examples: Clean discussion of Linear Algebra embedded into
ubiquitous linearization techniques in applications; integral
transforms and communications engineering; probability theory and
finance; Hilbert space methods and finite elements in computational
- “Top down” trumps “bottom up”!
Although much of the historical development of mathematics was driven
by the desire to build theories bottom up from first principles, this
is not a useful didactical concept, not does it reflect the way most
research mathematicians work.
- Learn by immersion:
It is important to learn by discussing mathematics on a formalized
regular basis with an active mathematician. This is very analogous to
study at a music conservatory. Lectures augment this, not vice versa.
- Learn to interact:
Discuss with mathematicians and those who apply mathematics alike.
Appreciate the complexity of mathematics in the real world, and
understand that math is everywhere!
Jacobs University - small and focused
- Small classes:
Each year, about 20 students will be studying mathematics at
Jacobs University. This allows for and one-on-one interaction with
study, early research, and a holistic development of mathematical and
- Interdisciplinary spirit:
At Jacobs, there is a lot of mathematics and mathematical modeling
across campus. Links are close and personal between faculty,
students, and research staff in different fields that work together on common
- We care about each and everyone:
Students at Jacobs are are known personally to faculty. Individuals
can and will get help to develop special interests, but also in time
of special needs.
- Graduates who think clearly, formulate cleanly and present well.
- Graduates with the ability to figure out what is known, what is
not known and what is the problem.
- Graduates who are confident in aquiring, understanding, und
A session of Analysis II in Spring 2014.
Old and new technology.
Prof. Ivan Penkov is discussing with students in the Mathematics
Students on the campus green.