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Synapses are located in our central nervous system where nerve cells connect with each other. “Sin-aps” aims at making connections in our research which bring Chinese studies closer to the world of numbers.

Since the 1st of February 2021 Prof. Dr. Andrea Bréard is holder of the Chair for Sinology with a focus on the Intellectual and Cultural History of China (Alexander von Humboldt-Professor) and Director of the IKGF (International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication”). Her research interests lie at the intersection of the mathematical sciences and sinology, both in history and in present times. Generously supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation her team conducts research on quantification in China (and its global repercussions), the epistemological aspects of algorithmic mathematics and their cultural transformations, as well as numerical techniques of prediction.

 

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On April 2, 2022, the press conference for the “4th Report on the Development of Autism Education and Rehabilitation in China” saw the release of new statistical data on autism in the country. Experts present on the occasion confirmed that autism prevalence in the country is on the rise, and is esti...

From December 5 to December 8, 2022, the sin-aps group The language of algorithmic mathematics is organising a four-day workshop, which aims at analysing the logic and syntax of mathematical texts: Greek, Latin, Chinese and modern mathematical formulaic texts. The workshop brings together scholars a...

Im Jahr 2022 wendet sich die Vortragsreihe der ersten Medienrevolution zu. Die Wiedererfindung des Buchdrucks mit beweglichen Lettern von Johannes Gutenberg in der Mitte des 15. Jahrhunderts ist ohne Zweifel eine der größten und einflussreichsten technischen Errungenschaften der menschlichen Geschic...

The sudden decision by China’s National Bureau of Statistics to delay indefinitely the release of G.D.P. and other economic statistics while the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China takes place in Beijing has created much consternation among financial analysts and economic observer...