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- Mathematics In Europe - Euromath 2011

took place a poster competition more than 90 posters were submitted The prize money was provided by the ERGO group and Munich Re the sponsors of www mathematik de and www mathematics in europe eu There were awarded six honorable mentions and three prizes 1 prize Belev Bukowski Bulgaria 2 prize Trputac Croatia 3 prize Mehinovic Croatia Gregory Makrides the main organizer right with the www mathematics in europe eu

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - Abel Prize 2011: announcement of the prize winner

University New York for pioneering discoveries in topology geometry and algebra The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Øyvind Østerud announced the winner of this year s Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo today 23 March John Milnor will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo on 24 May The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003 It carries a cash award of NOK 6 000 000 close to EUR 750 000 or USD 1 mill John Milnor s profound ideas and fundamental discoveries have largely shaped the mathematical landscape of the second half of the 20th century All of Milnor s work display features of great research profound insights vivid imagination striking surprises and supreme beauty He receives the 2011 Abel Prize for pioneering discoveries in topology geometry and algebra to quote the Abel committee In the course of 60 years John Milnor has made a deep mark on modern mathematics Numerous mathematical concepts results and conjectures are named after him In the literature we find Milnor exotic spheres Milnor fibration Milnor number and

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - IMU office opens in Berlin

the rented rooms in Markgrafen Street are located near the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences founded in 1700 by Frederick III of Brandenburg with the critical support of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz And the great Leonhard Euler who lived and worked for twenty five years in Berlin had his residence only eight hundred meters away in Behren Street Professor Ingrid Daubechies president of the IMU said that she is pleased that there is now a permanent office of the IMU in Germany and in particular in Berlin where a number of ministries research institutes universities and other important institutions are supporting this project Daubechies thanked the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics WIAS located in central Berlin for their administration of this project as well as for locating and renting the premises All in all it has increased the importance of the IMU secretariat as a focal point for mathematicians and politicians worldwide Christian Bär professor of mathematics and president of the German Mathematical Society DMV recalled that beginning with the establishment of the DMV in 1890 and in the first third of the twentieth century Germany became an international leader in mathematics Then during the Nazi period many famous mathematicians were persecuted deported and murdered because of their Jewish background It has taken Germany decades to recover from that tragedy Bär declared himself happy and indeed a bit proud that mathematics in Germany and in Berlin has again succeeded in achieving international recognition In closing the president of the German Mathematical Society assured the IMU of the DMV s continuing support and in the name of the DMV wished the permanent office of the IMU great success in its Berlin establishment Professor Sprekels director of WIAS thanked the many underwriters and partners of the project which through their joint

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - The new president of the EMS

president Marta Sanz Solé from the university of Barcelona Spain The successor of Ari Laptev as the president of the European Mathematical Society is since January 2011 Marta Sanz Solé from the university of Barcelona in Spain We the team of www mathematics in europe eu wish her the best for her work and we are sure that we will have a fruitful collaboration Read here the message of the

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - Mandelbrot (10/2010)

The fractal dimension of the English coastline is about 1 24 Omnipresent in Nature Once fractals had been discovered and defined it was realized that they are to be found everywhere in nature Clouds cauliflower river systems lightning blood vessels all are examples of fractals Mandelbrot s 1982 book The Fractal Geometry of Nature became an international bestseller and according to the online bookseller Amazon it remains even 28 years after its publication among the 1500 bestselling books in the world And it is not only geometric figures or solids or even dynamical systems that can be fractals Many chaotic processes exhibit fractal behaviour For example the Brownian motion of molecules studied by Albert Einstein is of a fractal nature Mandelbrot discovered fractals when he was studying the upward and downward movements of prices on the stock exchange It occurred to him that graphs of stock prices look the same like the nested dolls of a Russian matryoshka regardless of whether one is looking at weekly daily or minute by minute fluctuations In such a case one speaks of self similar phenomena Self similarity is one of the characteristics of fractals Another though related discovery later named the Mandelbrot set has become one of the icons of modern mathematics It describes a set of points in the complex plane whose boundary is self similar and of a fractal nature Not Taken Seriously Mandelbrot was born in Warsaw in 1924 In 1936 as Jews in Poland began to be persecuted his family moved to Paris His uncle the mathematician Szolem Mandelbrojt professor at the Collège de France was one of the early members of the Bourbaki society in France which was dedicated to developing a pure expression of mathematics This uncle took his nephew under his wing However Mandelbrot s trajectory

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - The Óbidos workshop

at YouTube can be followed on Twitter and maintain a web presence as invited guests at the main Portuguese weekly newspaper We have also increased the number of participants in the Math Olympiads by almost 70 and obtained better results at international competitions hosted one such contests and prepared the launching of a second one cooperated with other organizations in Math Games and other mathematical competitions At the same time we have started intervening systematically in the public arena on national problems related to mathematics notably on math education We have taken frontal positions on issues such as curricula exams and textbooks Every year during national exams SPM plays a central role issuing reports and writing tests answers While math popularization is a consensual activity and while we have cooperated positively in many activities such as textbook revision and teachers training education stands have been very controversial Our coherent responsible well founded and courageous stands have complemented the math popularization and achieved a national recognition that reinforces SPM capability for raising youth and public awareness of mathematics To be rigorous when is it appropriate and when is it only pedantry Maria Dedo Universita degli Studi di Milano Italia What does it mean to be rigorous in mathematics and to what extent should this property generally thought as characterizing the subject be transmitted also to informal rpa activities Does this risk to satisfy only mathematicians and bring just confusion to laymen Or on the contrary is this a fundamental point and we cannot give up to pursue it We shall give some examples in order to discuss this problem From some computer games to mathematics Jean Paul Delahaye Université de Lille France Two computer games are presented that may be of interest to raise public awareness in mathematics The first is a game with computer images which can be understood only with some notions about permutations and which can be used for an introduction to group theory The second game is the well known Game of Life of John Conway The observation of the primer configuration a configuration which computes prime numbers and some other surprising configurations is a remarkable tool allowing to introduce a various set of mathematical ideas sieve linear growth quadratic growth pseudo random sequences approximation of Pi computational universality undecidability etc The Game of life as Daniel Dennett has several time mentioned it is also a tool for philosophical reflections about complexity life and freewill Engaging the public in Mathematics in a historical environment Ana M Eiró Universidade de Lisboa Portugal The Museum of Science of the University of Lisbon with a cultural heritage from institutions that occupied the quarters since the 17th century is located in a 19th century building in the historical part of Lisbon The teaching of Mathematics in the era of the Polytechnic School was strongly connected with the teaching of Astronomy one of the most important subjects that justified building an Astronomical Observatory in the campus In this historical context the Museum tries to develop engaging educational activities and exhibitions for all audiences with particular focus on school students In this talk I will describe some of the activities developed in the last years Raising the Public Awareness in Mathematics how Astronomy can be useful João Fernandes Universidade de Coimbra Portugal In 2009 it was celebrated the International Year of Astronomy in more than 140 countries It was a great success involving more than 800 millions participants all over the world For sure Astronomy can help catch the attention for science On that other hand the old and modern Astronomy is full of Mathematics In this talk we briefly present some examples how the Astronomy can be useful on the public awareness in Mathematics Physics and Mathematics outreach do they need to split in science communications Carlos Fiolhais Universidade de Coimbra Portugal The general public has an avid interest in Physics subjects like Cosmology and Astronomy Nanotechnology and Particle Physics But most of this subjects are tightly associated with Mathematics including intricate branches of Mathematics and it is said e g Hawking that the inclusion of a single equation halves the number of readers of a popular science books How is Physics transmitted without Mathematics if the two at least from the perspective of a physicist are inseparable Is Mathematics popularization more difficult than that of Physics And is public awareness of Mathematics facilitated by the inclusion of Physics Playing with mathematics Il Giardino di Archimede Enrico Giusti Universita degli Studi di Firenze Italia Open since 1999 Il Giardino di Archimede Archimede s garden is the first museum completely dedicated to Mathematics and its applications My talk will give a general survey of the philosophy and of the activities of the Museum A particular attention will be reserved to the Laboratori di matematica Math labs Originally designed for students 5 16 and later opened to the general public during the Mathematical Sundays at the museum the labs mix up mathematics with games and history from ancient Egypt to modern times Keeping Mathematical Awareness Alive Vagn Lundsgaard Hansen Technical University of Denmark Caring for development of abstract mathematics is not at first sight useful to people and in modern society the applications of mathematics are more sophisticated and more difficult to grasp than in earlier times This may easily lead to a decline in the emphasis on mathematical knowledge and thought in society in particular in the educational system The increasing pressure from governments for more focus on immediate applications of mathematics in the educational system and in mathematical research at universities makes it a huge task to inform the public about the usefulness and necessity of understanding abstract mathematical thoughts when developing fundamental new applications of mathematics How can we handle it The German website www mathematik de Wolfram Koepf Universität Kassel Germany In this presentation we show how the German website www mathematik de is arranged and with which means we try to raise the public awareness of Mathematics in Germany

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - ICM2010

the opening ceremony Here is a picture of the prize winners The recipients of the Fields Medals are Elon Lindenstrass Israel Ngô Báo Châu France Stanislav Smirnov Switzerland and Cédric Villani France And these are the other prizewinners Daniel Spielmann USA Nevanlinna Prize Yves Meyer France Gauß Prize Louis Nirenberg USA Chern Medal Award More details can be found on the homepage of the ICM The next ICM the ICM2014

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Open archived version from archive - Mathematics In Europe - The European Mathematical Society

main aims are to promote mathematical research foster interaction between mathematicians of different countries establish a sense of identity amongst European mathematicians represent the mathematical community in European institutions Benefits of membership The principal reasons for joining the European Mathematical Society may be altruistic to encourage European mathematicians to cooperate to support European mathematicians working under difficult circumstances to support efforts to get backing for mathematics from the European Union

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