Book: “Morgen möchte ich wieder 100 herrliche Sachen ausrechnen” by Renate Tobies

Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart 2010.

412 pages, 73 figures, 13 tables.

This book tells the story of Iris Runge, daughter of the Carl Runge who gave his name to the Runge-Kutta numerical methods, and herself a mathematician. She was one of the first generation of academically educated women in Germany.

She worked for Osram, providing ideas for new products and processes for mass production of light bulbs and implemented quality assurance systems on the basis of mathematical statistics.

The book is based on rich sources, laboratory and travel accounts, publications and correspondence, and thereby gives a nearly complete view of the life of a mathematical expert from childhood via the choice of profession and to the profession itself, over the period 1923–1945.

She felt particularly connected to the community of theoretical physics and, in 1945, became the first female professor of the area. She also belonged to the History of Science Society and was a friend of George Sarton. She was a mathematical authority in the industry, but also politically interested and active in social democracy.

With its view of the world, we get a historical panorama of the Empire until after the Second World War, not only on the beginnings of industrial mathematics, but also on the young students, reform mathematics and science education, on the development of views in the First World War, on the Management of National Socialism and Bolshevism during the Weimar Republic, on emigration and immigration processes during the 1930s.

(based on foreword)

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