Klaus Mainzer

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1972 …2015

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As a philosopher of science, Professor Mainzer (b. 1947) studies the foundations and future perspectives of science and technology. He focuses on mathematic basic research and computer modeling of science and technology. He is known as a researcher of complexity with a focus on complex systems, algorithms and artificial intelligence in science and society. Professor Mainzer studied mathematics, physics and philosophy at the University of Münster, where he was awarded a doctorate in philosophy and foundations of mathematics (1973) and qualified as a lecturer in philosophy. Prior to assuming the Chair of Philosophy and the Theory of Science at TUM and the position of Director of the Carl von Linde Academy in 2008, he was a professor (1981-1988) and prorector (1985-1988) at the University of Konstanz, and a professor and founding director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Informatics (1988-2008) at the University of Augsburg. He was founding director of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) and has been TUM Emeritus of Excellence since 2016.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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