# Millennium Problems

In order to celebrate mathematics in the new millennium, The Clay Mathematics
Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts (CMI) has named seven *Prize
Problems*. The Scientific Advisory Board of CMI selected these problems,
focusing on important classic questions that have resisted solution over the
years. The Board of Directors of CMI designated a $7 million prize fund for the
solution to these problems, with $1 million allocated to each. During the
Millennium meeting held on May 24, 2000 at the Collège de France, Timothy Gowers
presented a lecture entitled *The Importance of Mathematics*, aimed for
the general public, while John Tate and Michael Atiyah spoke on the problems.
The CMI invited specialists to formulate each problem.

One hundred years earlier, on August 8, 1900, David Hilbert delivered his famous lecture about open mathematical problems at the second International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris. This influenced our decision to announce the millennium problems as the central theme of a Paris meeting.

The rules that follow for the award of the prize have the endorsement of the CMI Scientific Advisory Board and the approval of the Directors. The members of these boards have the responsibility to preserve the nature, the integrity, and the spirit of this prize.

Paris, May 24, 2000

Please send inquiries regarding the Millennium Prize Problems to prize.problems@claymath.org.