Prof. Dr. Georg Oberdieck - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2020
Mathematics/Algebraic Geometry, University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Georg Oberdieck
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Mathematician Georg Oberdieck works in the field of algebraic geometry. This involves investigating geometric objects described by simple equations. Since there are so many of these objects, the question often arises of how many objects of a particular kind occur in certain contexts. Numerical tasks of this kind are referred to as enumerative geometry. In concrete terms, numerical problems like these arise in theoretical physics, to name one example. Oberdieck has solved problems such as these in concrete physical contexts and in so doing provided a much better description of the mathematical structure of these objects than was previously available. The paper he authored with Aaron Pixton, "Gromov-Witten theory of elliptic fibrations: Jacobi forms and holomorphic anomaly equations", has been especially influential. In this paper, the authors demonstrate their impressive grasp of methods in a range of fields, which they apply brilliantly to their core questions.