Be it relativity theory, systems theory, or game theory: to this day, great theories are the figureheads of science.

This is the topic of the conference celebrating 50 years of Bielefeld University on 14 and 15 November.

Its title: 'The Theoretical University in the Data Age.

To mark its anniversary, Bielefeld University is holding an interdisciplinary conference on the future of theories in November.

Today's technology makes it possible to store huge amounts of data and analyse them rapidly.

For years, various disciplines have been working increasingly with big data.

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