The ICME-10 logo is a viking ship with a four coloured sail: red, white (between red
and yellow), yellow and blue. These colours are the colours of
the flags of the Nordic countries. This and the viking culture
uniting the historical roots of the Nordic countries symbolise
the close Nordic co-operation in the planning of ICME-10.
Mathematics and its importance for the congress is symbolised
by the geometrical elements. But these also symbolise that the
vikings developed complex skills for constructing and
navigating their ships and that these skills where partly
based on mathematical insights. Last but not least the ship
also symbolises the planning and organising of ICME-10 as a
journey. We hope that the ship will be returned safely into
port by a great congress.
“Vikings” is the name
given to the Nordic sailors who were active in Northern
Europe, including Russia, and in North Atlantic regions from
800-1100 A.D. They have traditionally been seen primarily as
pirates and colonizers. Recent research, however, reveals the
vikings as much more than that. They were also merchants,
craftsmen, artists, and founders of cultures.
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