Title : The 41st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO-2000)
Stamp Serial#
2076 
KPC#
C-1588 
MICHEL#
2104 
StanGib#
2411 
Scott#
2026 
Date of Issue
07/13/2000 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
170 wom 
Design
Mathematical signs of set and the IMO-2000 mark 
Designer
Park, Eun-kyung 
Image Area
26mm*36mm 
Perforation
°˘ 13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Corporation 
Description
The 41st International Mathematical Olympiad, the first IMO of the new millennium, is to be held in Korea this year. Over the past four decades, the global mathematics competition has played a pivotal role in the development of basic science and industrial technology in countries all over the world, by producing a number of eminent mathematicians and scientists. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Rumania. with 7 Eastern European countries participating, in order to discover and cultivate mathematically-gifted youth, foster friendship and brisk exchanges, and create opportunities for the exchange of information on math pedagogy worldwide.

The IMO is a truly global festival for mathematically-gifted youth from all over the world. It allows students not only to develop problem solving ability through friendly mathematics contests but also to build friendship and goodwill that transcend racial and cultural boundaries through diverse cultural and entertainment events such as cultural and historic tours and artistic performances. Korea applied to host the IMO-2000 in 1989 and was chosen as the IMO-2000 host country in 1994. In order to make this competition an all-encompassing gala event for all people involved in mathematics, Korea has invited over 100 countries for the contest itself and will also have world-renowned mathematicians on hand for a concurrent academic seminar.

The IMO-2000 has an added significance in that it coincides with the "World Mathematical Year" designated by the International Mathematical Union under UNESCO. The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp to mark this meaningful occasion. This stamp features the IMO-2000 mark, consisting of mathematical signs of set and infinity, two squares representing the past two millennia, and the T’aeguk (yin-yang) design embodying Korea.