July 16, 2014 10:14

Seoul will host the International Congress of Mathematicians, dubbed the "Olympics" of mathematicians, on Aug. 13-21.

More than 5,000 mathematicians from about 120 countries will visit Korea to attend the quadrennial event.

The congress, organized by the International Mathematical Union, first took place in Zurich, Switzerland in 1897. This is the fourth time that it has taken place in Asia, following conferences in Japan in 1990, in China in 2002 and in India in 2010.

On the first day of the event, the winner of the Fields Medal, often described as the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics," will be announced. Accomplished mathematicians under the age of 40 are eligible for the award, and there have been 52 winners since 1936.

Meanwhile, the Korea Post on Tuesday released stamps representing mathematical ideas such as Pythagoras' Theorem and Pascal's Triangle to mark Korea's hosting of the event.

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