Kurt Gödel 1906-1978

August, 22 – September, 8

Kurt Gödel was born one hundred years ago. This mathematician-logician provided the answers to the first two questions on the list of 23 problems drawn up by David Hilbert, which set the course for much of the mathematical research during the 20th century, and which was presented to the mathematical community precisely at the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Paris in 1900, the latest celebration of which will take place this August in Madrid.

For this very special occasion, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in collaboration with the Real Sociedad Matemática Española and the ICM2006 Organizing Committee, will pay tribute to Gödel in Madrid with an exhibition based on his life and work. This exhibition was first organized by the University of Vienna and opened on April 26th, 2006, as part of a special congress to commemorate the centenary of the birth of this distinguished mathematician. The exhibition will run from August 22nd, the day the International Congress begins, until September 8th, and can be visited at the Botanical Gardens of the Exhibition Hall. Karl Sigmund and John Dawson, curators of the exhibition, have also been responsible for cataloguing all the available documents and material on Gödel, and the offer us one of the most exhaustive overviews of the mathematician ever to be assembled. Arranged on a series of twenty panels, visitors can see reproductions of most of Gödel’s photographs and documents, as well as precise descriptions of the some of the most outstanding events from his private life and professional career.

Capi Corrales Rodrigáñez, Exhibition Co-ordinator; Departament of Algebra, UCM Faculty of Mathematics; capi_corrales@mat.ucm.es

Botanical Garden, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Subway station: Ciudad Universitaria (Line 6).