Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer

Professor emeritus since 31.03.2016

Academic Career and Research Areas

As a philosopher of science, Professor Mainzer (b. 1947) studies the foundations and future perspectives of science and technology. He focuses on the mathematical treatment and computer modeling of science and technology. He is known as a researcher of complexity with a focus on complex systems in the natural world, science, business and society and the paradigms of self-organization, chaos theory, artificial intelligence and artificial life.  

Professor Mainzer studied mathematics, physics and philosophy at the University of Münster, where he was awarded a doctorate in philosophy (1973) and qualified as a lecturer. Prior to assuming the Chair of Philosophy and the Theory of Science at TUM and the position of Director of the Carl von Linde Academy in 2008, he was a professor (1981-1988) and prorector (1985-1988) at the University of Konstanz, and a professor and founding director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Informatics (1988-2008) at the University of Augsburg. He is a member of numerous national and international bodies and academies. From 2012 to 2014 he built up the Munich Center for Science in Technology (MCTS) as founding director.


    • Heisenberg Fellowships (1980)

    Key Publications (all publications)

    Mainzer K: Leben als Maschine? Von der Systembiologie zu Robotik und Künstlicher Intelligenz. Paderborn: Mentis Verlag, 2010.


    Mainzer K: Zeit. Von der Urzeit zur Computerzeit. München: C.H. Beck, 1995; 5. Auflage 2005.


    Mainzer K: Thinking in Complexity. The Computational Dynamics of Matter, Mind, and Mankind. Berlin/Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 1994; 5. Auflage 2007.


    Mainzer K: Symmetrien der Natur.  Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 1988.