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World's first non-programmable computer, 1623, by Wilhelm Schickard

Left: Replica of the world's first computer, by Schickard, 1623 (no programs yet). Top: Leibniz, inventor of the bit, 1701.
world's first working programmable computer, 1941, by Konrad Zuse
Left: Replica of the world's first program computer, by Zuse, 1941 (museum). Right: 70 Teraflops in the new LRZ.
Cube for the new supercomputer of the Leibniz Rechenzentrum, 2005

Why join TUM? Recent surveys of FOCUS and SPIEGEL ranked TUM first among Germany's universities, right ahead of Munich's LMU. 14 Nobel laureates (the most recent one of 2005) are associated with Munich, 4 of them with TUM. In 2006, TUM and LMU were selected as two of the three new German elite universities. TUM CS has strong connections to industry leaders such as Munich's BMW and Siemens, and boasts pioneers such as Bauer, who invented the stack and coined the term "software engineering."

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Why come to Munich (München)? It is one of the world's most livable places (ranked 2nd among the world's cities with over a million inhabitants, after Vienna, according to recent surveys), and gets consistently voted as Germany's most attractive city. Lots of culture & fun, 100,000 students, the world's largest festival (Oktoberfest), the world's oldest & largest technical museum, scenic Bavarian surroundings with lakes, rivers, hills, meadows, bikepaths, castles, and beer gardens, close to major ski areas etc. Many claim there is no more beautiful region than the pre-alpine land between Munich and the Alps.

Why come to Germany? It is a fine place for scientists and inventors, with a long tradition of fundamental breakthroughs that define today's world, including Western bookprint, the calculator, binary arithmetics & calculus, watches & other small machines, math a la Gauss, the second industrial revolution based on the combustion engine & the car & the first practical dynamo & electric locomotion, the germ theory of disease, the modern research university, general relativity, quantum physics, population explosion, the transistor, the computer, controlled heavy flight, the helicopter, the jetplane, uranium fission, missiles, X-rays, robot cars, and innumerable others. For most of the 20th century (1901-1956) Germany boasted more Nobel prizes than any other nation (until 1965 if we consider only the laureates' countries of birth; until 1975 if we consider only the sciences). It is still the world's largest exporter.