International Association of Mathematical Physics

News Bulletin December 2005

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  1. Announcements
    1. Results of the Election and New Executive Committee
    2. New Officers
    3. ICMP 2006
  2. New Members
  3. Messages from Associate Members
  4. Conferences
  5. Announcement of new journal
  6. Nominations for Herman Weyl Prize requested
  7. Raoul Bott

  1. Dear Members,

    This is the closing bulletin for the term of the 2003-2005 Executive Committee. The departing Executive Committee members are Yosi Avron, David Brydges, Klaus Fredenhagen, Philippe Martin, Vincent Rivasseau, Ruedi Seiler, Jakob Yngvason.

    Thank you entrusting us with the welfare of IAMP and a happy new year to you all.

    Yours sincerely

    David Brydges, President
    Jakob Yngvason, Vice President
    Ruedi Seiler, Secretary
    Volker Bach, Treasurer

    Results of the election and new Executive Committee: The Executive Committee for the years 2006–2008 is formed from the twelve leading in the recent election, namely

    G. Gallavotti 109
    V. Bach 106
    J.-P. Eckmann 102
    A. Jaffe 89
    P. Deift 89
    H. T. Yau 85
    P. Exner 83
    B. Nachtergaele 81
    I.M. Sigal 74
    R. Benguria 69
    M. Loss 67
    J.P. Solovej 66

    We wish the new Executive Committee every success and we thank the twelve other members

    • E. Carlen
    • A. De Masi
    • B. Derrida
    • L. Erdoes
    • J. Feldman
    • A. Holevo
    • S. Jitomirskaya
    • R. Kotecky
    • F. Martinelli
    • N. Reshetikhin
    • M. Salmhofer
    • V. Zagrebnov

    who also agreed to stand for election. The votes were independently counted by Ms Downes and Ms Grub at the Technische Universität Berlin.

    New Officers: We are very pleased to announce, for the new Executive Committee, that the officers for 2006--2008 are

    Giovanni Gallavotti
    Vice President
    Percy Deift
    Pavel Exner
    Volker Bach

    Information on the program and deadlines for the International Congress on Mathematical Physics 2006 in Rio de Janeiro is posted at This is also a link on our homepage.

  2. New Members:

    Eric Carlen Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
    Anna De Masi University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
    Bernard Derrida Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, France
    Genady Grabarnik IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, USA
    Svetlana Jitomirskaya University of California, Irvine, USA
    Fabio Martinelli Università de Roma, Rome, Italy
    Tasos Tsoularis Massy University, Auckland, New Zealand
    Scott Walck Lebanon Valley College, Annville, USA
  3. Messages from Associate Members:

    Kam Ming Siong from World Scientific has sent us the following information about Franco Strocchi's new book.

    An Introduction to the Mathematical Structure of Quantum Mechanics: A Short Course for Mathematicians
    Franco Strocchi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy)
    Short Description
    This book arises out of the need for Quantum Mechanics (QM) to be part of the common education of mathematics students. The book offers a short presentation of the mathematical structure of QM using the C*-algebraic structure of the observable based on the operational definition of measurements and the duality between states and observables. The description of states and observables as Hilbert space vectors and operators is then derived from the GNS and Gelfand-Naimark Theorems.
  4. Conferences:

    An upcoming conference listed on the IAMP webpage:

    1. Mar. 27 – 31, 2006: Spectral Theory and Mathematical Physics, A Conference in Honor of Barry Simon's 60th Birthday , Pasadena, California.
  5. Announcement of new journal:

    International Journal of Mathematical & Computer Sciences. Note that some of the editors are members of IAMP.

  6. Nominations for Herman Weyl Prize requested

    The chair of the Selection Committee,

    J.-P. Gazeau (chairman)
    A. Kostelecky
    K. Fredenhagen
    L. Faddeev
    S. Ranjbar-Daemi

    requests us to send nominations directly to all of the members of the committee before the deadline 15 February, 2006.

    The third Herman Weyl Prize Prize should be awarded at the 26th International Colloquium organized by J. Birman and S. Catto in New York (the Graduate Center of the City University of New York), June 26-30, 2006. The previous Prizes were awarded to Edward Frenkel, Nikita A. Nekrasov, For further details please see

  7. Raoul Bott, one of the great mathematicians of our time, died early Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at the age of 82. Only months earlier had he learned that he was suffering from lung cancer.

    Raoul enjoyed life in many ways, including his interactions with mathematical physics and mathematical physicists. He took part in early Battelle meetings, spent two months with his family as an "observer" at the Les Houches summer school of 1970, and enlivened numerous other special occasions. Both his stimulating participation and his entertaining lectures at the Cargèse summer schools on mathematical physics in 1979, 1987, and 1991 were legend. Raoul often asked me when the next meeting would take place and whether circumstances might allow him to attend.

    On the occasion of Raoul turning 80, his former student Loring Tu wrote a short biography that can be viewed at An interesting interview in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society can also be found at

    For the last year of his life, Raoul and Phyllis moved from Cambridge to live close to one of their daughters near San Diego, California. We remember Raoul both as a friend, and for his positive view of humanity that touched everyone who met him.

    Arthur Jaffe
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    21 December 2005