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Yanik-Pascal Foerster


I obtained my MSc in mathematical and theoretical physics at Bielefeld University in Germany. Having had a mainly physical background thanks to my BSc in physics I spend most of the master studies filling as many mathematical gaps in my knowledge as possible (against all odds) and concluded with a thesis on eigenvectors of non-Hermitian random matrices. As is generally known, a physicist's toolbox comprises a larger selection of objects that can be found all over mathematics. It is thus not surprising that I diversified my focus on many fields at once, merely starting to fill the mentioned gaps while leaving much yet to explore.

It was a result and a driving force of my peculiar studies that I considered myself neither to be a physicists nor to be a mathematician, but that I could enjoy rigorous mathematics if and only if I could find a real world context in which to put it. I applied for the CANES programme because I hoped to be given the possibility to do precisely that. Moreover, exploration, exploitation and interpretation of measured and simulated data is the very opposite of what I have been doing for the past years.

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