Welcome to the 3rd issue of insightLMU in 2014!
Diodes that emit warm white light like sunlight or the light from a conventional light-bulb, instead of the cold radiance that is familiar from car headlights, streetlamps or torches, have turned out to be formidably difficult to produce. Two years ago, LMU’s Wolfgang Schnick and his team – always in quest of new materials – more or less serendipitously hit upon a luminescent material that enabled LEDs to deliver high-quality white light for the first time. The new insightLMU tells that story.
In a more metaphorical sense, LMU economist Uwe Sunde sheds light on one of the pillars of Western society, namely the proposition that “democracy promotes prosperity and equality – and vice versa”. In the current issue of insightLMU, the Director of LMU’s Institute of Population Economics discusses the conditions under which this widely shared assumption is actually valid.
Learning German provides much insight into the way of life, as well as the hopes and aspirations, of people in German-speaking countries – and it can be a launching pad for Classical Studies! LMU student Vicente from Mexico set out for LMU to learn German, and do a Master’s in Classical Studies, because he was intrigued by the many motifs from Greek and Latin mythology found in German literature, such as Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and Goethe’s Faust. Medical student Ilona Baumann crossed the Atlantic in the opposite direction, and spent two months of her practical year at the University of Cincinnati’s Medical College. Due to marked variations in the structure and cost of medical education in different countries, relatively few international exchange programs are available, and the LMU-Cincinnati partnership is one of the oldest.