Detailed information about the plans and the state of preparation can be found in the ICM'98 WWW-server (URL: http://elib.zib.de/ICM98) This report provides a short summary only.
The ICM'98 Organizing Committee provides an e-mail service distributing information about ICM'98 and the International Mathematical Union to all persons who have electronically preregistered for the INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MATHEMATICIANS 1998 IN BERLIN. The ICM'98 WWW-server also offers an electronic preregistration form. A person without access to the World Wide Web can subscribe to the ICM98 circular letters, by sending an e-mail to
The ICM'98 Organizing Committee is growing as the congress approaches. The Board of Directors consists of
President, M. Groetschel (ZIB and TU Berlin) Vice President, M. Aigner (FU Berlin) Honorary President, F. Hirzebruch (MPI Bonn) Treasurer, J. Sprekels (WIAS and HU Berlin) Secretary General, J. Winkler (TU Berlin)The ICM'98-server contains the list of all other colleagues currently involved in the organization.
Evening activities and events for the general public will also be in the building of the Academy of the Arts and the Urania building, see 8. below.
For instance, in the months before the congress we will publish a series of ICM-Specials in the Mitteilungen der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung (comparable to the AMS Notices) concentrating on four themes:
Our major focus for Events for the General Public is the Urania in Berlin. The Urania foundation is a well-established organization, founded by, among others, Werner von Siemens, other industrialists, and famous scientists more than 100 years ago in order to popularize scientific research (in a broad sense). The Urania foundation is a private organization staging several talks on science every day in its own large building, also called Urania, in the center of Berlin, two subway stations away from the TU. The Urania foundation is able to survive without government funding through entrance fees and donations. The Urania foundation has a large number of members and dedicated followers. It is not rare that science talks have several hundred up to 1,000 persons in the audience. The Urania is closed during summer and we have rented the place for the time of the conference. The management of Urania is willing to support us by advertising the events that will take place during the conference through its well-established channels.
TALKS ABOUT MATHEMATICS AND ITS RELATIONS TO OTHER SUBJECTS
Our idea is to have afternoon and evening talks intended on the one hand for participants of the conference, but on the other hand for the interested public (for instance highschool students) too. The talks will be labeled according to the audience that is addressed. We plan to have about one talk every day. A variety of aspects of mathematics and its relations to subjects such as philosophy, music, arts, physics etc. should be touched. We will charge an entrance fee for the general public. There will be talks in English and German.
The circular letter ICM98-CL10 describes our plans for a VideoMath Festival. Briefly, short high-quality videos on mathematical topics will be combined into a film of about two hours length and shown in the movie theater of the Urania every day during the congress.
EXHIBITION MATHEMATIK ZUM ANFASSEN
There will be an exhibition of mathematical models and related objects in the Urania. It will be called ``Mathematik zum Anfassen''. This exhibition of mathematical models is planned in cooperation with the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
We are planning to attract school classes to the exhibition and to the VideoMath shows; guides will show them around and explain the models and other objects.
Some financial support for these activities has been obtained, a little more would be good to be able to present everything we have in mind.
ART AND MUSIC EVENTS
Two major events concerning "MATHEMATICS AND MUSIC" and "MATHEMATICS IN THE ARTS" are planned in cooperation with the BERLIN ACADEMY OF THE ARTS. The concepts for both events are in the final design stage and should be finished by the end of April 1997. The projects are very costly, but there seem to be hopes on the side of the Academy that money from the Lotto foundation can be obtained. It is impossible to describe the plans here in detail.
There will, for instance, be an art exhibition in the building of the Academy of Arts entitled "Ich zaehle nicht" (I don't count) involving many well-known painters and other artists. Several performances of modern music as well as talks about mathematics and music and the arts will be presented. The events will take place in the Academy building and in the Urania.
In addition to modern music we will also offer something classic. The organizers have negotiated with the Deutsche Oper to stage Mozart's "Die Zauberfloete" (Magic Flute) on Sunday, August 23. We hold all tickets (almost 2000) for this performance. Those not sold by the end of April 1998 will be returned to the opera house for the general public.