Mathematics in Berlin started in the year 1700 when the Academy of Science was founded which, after several name changes, has turned into the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) today. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz initiated its establishment and was its first President. Leonhard Euler worked at the Academy from 1741 to 1766, Joseph-Louis Lagrange became his successor as the director of the Academy’s “Mathematical Class”. A dedidacted History Session organized by Martin Grötschel, with lectures by Eberhard Knobloch on Leibniz, Gerhard Wanner on Lagrange and Günter M. Ziegler on Euler will highlight the mathematical development in the 18th century. In addition, Jürgen Sprekels will survey the work of Karl Weierstraß who had a tremendous influence on the mathematics of the 19th century.
On the occasion of the 7ECM the book "Mathematical Berlin" by Iris and Martin Grötschel will be published. This guide will lead you through the center of Berlin to places of mathematical interest and providing background information about mathematics in Berlin, mathematical institutions, and many important mathematicians who have worked here. All participants of the 7ECM will obtain a hard copy as a welcome gift to the congress.