Karl Sigmund

Karl Sigmund
Karl Sigmund
Professor of Mathematics, University of Vienna; Author, Exact Thinking in Demented Times

KARL SIGMUND is professor of mathematics at the University of Vienna. After studies in Vienna and some post-doc years in Manchester, Paris, and Jerusalem, he became associate professor of statistics in Göttingen, and shortly later full professor in Vienna at the age of twenty-nine. He worked first on statistical mechanics and dynamical systems, later on biomathematics and game theory. He also became increasingly involved with the history of the Vienna Circle on which his book Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science is based.

Sigmund is the author of Games of Life and Exact Thinking in Demented Times, and the co-author of several monographs on ergodic theory and evolutionary game theory. He has written many general-interest papers for Scientific American, New Scientist, the Mathematical Intelligencer, etc.

Sigmund also works at the International Institute of Applied Systems Theory in Laxenburg and is a member of the Austrian Academy of Science and the Academia Leopoldina. He has been president of the Austrian Mathematical Society and is on many scientific and editorial boards.