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Claus Peter Ortlieb.
Claus Peter Ortlieb.

Claus Peter Ortlieb, born the first of May 1947 in Reinbek, died on the 15th of September, 2019, was a German mathematician(P.hD), critic of work, critic of political economy, and a critic of contemporary science, especially regarding its use of mathematics.[1][2][3] As well as an editor for the journal EXIT!.[4][5]

Ortlieb studied the University of Hamburg where he got his doctorate 1976 under the supervision of Lothar Collatz (known for the Collatz conjecture).[6] The name of his dissertation was Dualität und Näherungsverfahren bei konvexen Steuerungsproblemen. Ortlieb also teached at the University of Hamburg as a professor at the faculty of mathematics from 1985-2011. Ortlieb was one of the most known names of the writers in the magazine Krisis among Robert Kurz, Roswitha Scholz, Ernst Lohoff and Norbert Trenkle. Other than his mathematical work, Ortlieb was critical against contemporary science and its problem with mathematical models, particularly within biology and economics. Ortlieb also wrote polemic articles in the paper Konkret.[7] Ortlieb died in September 2019, aged 72 years old.[8]

Selection of Ortliebs Publications


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