Wolff´s second arrival in the city on the Saale was a public event.
© ULB
14.02.2019 in Miscellaneous, Big Names

Big Names: Christian Wolff

Christian Wolff was far ahead of his time. He was one of the most progressive, but also one of the most combative professors who ever taught at the University of Halle. He dealt with mathematics and physics, with philosophy and - as has only recently become known - even with sexual enlightenment. Greatly to the annoyance of the Pietists, with whom Wolf engaged in real battles and who ensured that the upright thinker was ultimately driven out of the City of Halle. Read more

This is the bust of Georg Cantor. It was donated to the University by Cantor’s family following his death.
© Friederike Stecklum
19.04.2018 in Miscellaneous, Big Names

Big Names: Georg Cantor

The name “Georg Cantor” might not mean a great deal to a lot of people, yet the professor, who once worked in the City of Halle, is one of the most prominent mathematicians who has ever lived. We have Cantor to thank for set theory, as well as the definition of infinity. Even the genius Albert Einstein expressed his appreciation for Cantor’s abilities. The University’s history connects it to many well-known figures or big ideas. Not everyone, however, is fully clued up on the whys and wherefores of these connections. But that’s about to change. The section, “Big Names” is a reminder of the outstanding researchers and academics who have links to the City of Halle. Read more

Anke Berghaus-Sprengel in the Steintor Campus library
© Markus Scholz
26.09.2016 in Miscellaneous, Campus

ULB goes digital

A repository of books? A tranquil reading space? A place of erudite learning? To Anke Berghaus-Sprengel, director of the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt (ULB) since April 2016, a modern library is much more than that. She is head of an institution that looks back on a long tradition but has also undergone plenty of change – and will continue to do so in the future. Read more

Custodian Michael Ruprecht and Susann Fritsche packing a rector’s sceptre that was included in the Luther exhibitions “Here I stand…”, staged at three venues in the United States from October 2016 to January 2017.
© Michael Deutsch
21.09.2016 in Miscellaneous

Luther's legacy

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’!” Half a millennium ago, the eloquent reformer Martin Luther probably spoke like this to anyone he found wasting precious time. Today, the Wittenberg scholar and author of the 95 theses would certainly have no need to use such words of warning. In fact, he would have nothing but praise for the staff at his alma mater in 2016 who are busy preparing the celebrations marking the 500-year jubilee of the Reformation. Read more