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Introducing Franz Luef - Creating a Mathematical Dictionary

bridges vol. 24, December 2009 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad
By Astrid Roemer

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luef_2009_portrait_small.jpgFranz Luef

"It was fun." Rarely does one hear this statement in reference to mathematics classes in school. It makes one wonder if there is something like a mathematics gene after all, giving some selected few the innate ability to see the underlying mathematical structure of the world surrounding us. If there is such a gene, Franz Luef, a Marie Curie Fellow at UC Berkeley who focuses on Time-Frequency Analysis, is certain to have it.

From an early age, Luef was drawn to mathematics, exhibiting a natural talent which developed from a playful approach to the subject to a deeper need to understand. "During high school I had some questions which I would have loved to have had an answer to, for example what is π? So, I sat down and tried to compute it. I came up with some formulas which I later found in textbooks." Encouraged by his early independent successes, he started to read about mathematics, figuring that if he was good at mathematics he would also be good at various other subjects like physics or mechanics.

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