In the year 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute published a list of seven major mathematical problems. These mathematical problems, also called Millennium Prize Problems, have been considered the central questions of mathematics ever since. With only one exception, the Poincaré conjecture, they remain unsolved to this day. The nationwide event series on the Millennium Prize Problems "The 7 Greatest Adventures in Mathematics" will run from June to November 2022. The initiators of the event series are Timo de Wolff (member of Die Junge Akademie and a mathematician at TU Braunschweig), Anna Wienhard (Alumna of Die Junge Akademie and mathematician at Heidelberg University), Sebastian Stiller (also a mathematician at TU Braunschweig), as well as the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV) (DMV). Various mathematical research locations in Germany are organising events on one of the mathematical problems each: In the presentations, renowned mathematicians explain how current mathematical research works and explain to laypeople why mathematics is exciting. The aim of the series of events, which is also supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (DFG), is to awaken enthusiasm for the adventure of mathematics. At some locations there will also be special events for schoolchildren.
The following institutions are involved in the event series
Die Junge Akademie is a co-initiator of the event series and is also involved as the organiser of the final event on the Millennium Prize Problem planned for November 2022, "Yang-Mill's theories: existence and mass gap".