Stefan Hollands

Jörg Lehnert

Inselstraße 22
04103 Leipzig


Courses in the Winter Semester 2023/2024

Due to the rather broad spectrum of topics within the IMPRS, the curriculum consists of a core curriculum to be attended by all students and a variety of more specialized lectures and courses. The heart of our teaching program certainly is the Ringvorlesung. Each semester the Ringvorlesung focuses on one field and is usually delivered by scientific members of the IMPRS who introduce different approaches and visions within this field.

Important information

  • Videos from all lectures: Every lecture will be recorded and can be viewed later. For more info, streaming and download see the media WWW page at the MPI MIS.
  • Audience: IMPRS students (mandatory in their first year), Phd students, postdocs
  • Room: MPI MiS E1 05 (Leibniz Lecture hall)

IMPRS Ringvorlesung Part I: Riemann Surfaces and Algebraic Curves

  • Lecturer: Samantha Fairchild
  • Date and time: Friday (13.10., 20.10., 27.10.,03.11.) , 11.00 - 12.30 o'clock

IMPRS Ringvorlesung Part II: Entropy

  • Lecturer: Stefan Hollands
  • Date and time: Friday (17.11., 24.11., 01.12., 08.12.), 12.00 - 13.30 o'clock (please note: different time!)


The concept of entropy originally emerged from considerations about physical processes involving the exchange of "heat". Boltzmann's idea to view entropy as a measure of the number of microscopic configurations of a system given certain global parameters in effect started the entire subject of statistical physics. Boltzmann's viewpoint broadened the scope of this concept from a relatively narrow physical context to basically any system, physical or mathematical, with a probabilistic description. As such it has found applications in many areas of the natural sciences and mathematics including chemistry, economics, (quantum-) information theory, theory of networks, social sciences, ...
In this Ringvorlesung, I will introduce the concept of entropy and outline some of its properties and applications.

IMPRS Ringvorlesung Part III: Mathematical Statistics

Other recommended lectures

08.11.2023, 11:14