2001 Olympiad Event
Friday, July 13, 2001, 2:00 pm
A Celebration of the Universality of Mathematical Thought
On July 13, 2001 the Clay Mathematics Institute organized the closing ceremonies of the International Mathematics Olympiad in Washington, DC, and incorporated this event into its 2001 Annual Meeting. The events brought approximately five hundred of the world's best high school mathematics students in contact with a cross-section of the world's best research mathematicians, including Edward Witten, Andrew Wiles, and Arthur Jaffe. The meeting of the Clay Mathematics Institute took place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 2:00 PM on July 13. This ceremony included the presentation of the Clay Research Awards and two inspirational talks by CMI Scientific Advisory Board members Andrew Wiles and Edward Witten. Following the ceremony at the Kennedy Center was a reception and dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The dinner involved almost eleven hundred guests, and included talks by Alfred R. Berkeley, III, Chairman of NASDAQ, and Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation, as well as other forms of entertainment including a live performance by Christopher Thompson, accompanied by Milton Granger, of an excerpt from Fermat's Last Tango.