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I am very interested in reading some and skimming through the list of invited talks at the International Congress of Mathematicians. Since the proceedings contain talks supposedly by top experts in each area, even the list of invited talks would hopefully provide some picture of how mathematics changed throughout the last century or so.

I looked it up but wikipedia only provides links to the proceedings of ICM since 1998. So it excludes many talks I really want to read, like those by Serre, Grothendieck, Auslander, Quillen, etc.

Does anyone know how to find the rest of the ICM proceedings, hopefully online? Thanks.

UPDATE: The whole collection of all the proceedings of the ICMs has been made available, in searchable format !!!

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I think you should be able to get any old ICM Proceedings via interlibrary loan. I don't know an on-line source, unfortunately. Amazon has the 1994 proceedings available. –  Ryan Budney Apr 1 '10 at 13:34
    
I bought, from a colleague who was retiring, the proceedings of the 66,70,74 and 78 congresses for what I thought at the time was a bargain. I haven't used them all that much and they are also in the library anyway. So, last time a second-hand book buyer came to see me, I asked if he was interested. He said that he wasn't as there were too many copies available. –  Felipe Voloch Apr 1 '10 at 16:12
    
The 2006 website once had video of the plenary lectures available online. If you want to make a group request to have them re-established, I would join in the request. (Jet lag made me miss one of the lectures.) Gerhard "Ask Me About System Design" Paseman, 2010.04.01, no fooling. –  Gerhard Paseman Apr 1 '10 at 23:04
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The updated link to the IMU online archive is definitely welcome. As I had heard, Ulf Rehmann at Bielefeld and Keith Dennis at Cornell were working for a long time toward this kind of access. The IMU should be a stable repository as well as a conduit for publicizing the project to the mathematical community. –  Jim Humphreys Aug 26 '10 at 13:32
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This is really good. When will the 2010 proceedings be added? –  Piero D'Ancona Aug 30 '10 at 16:35
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Just recently the IMU put online all the previous proceedings on the ICM's!!! Here: http://www.mathunion.org/ICM/ . This webpage is based on joint work by R. Keith Dennis (Ithaca) and Ulf Rehmann (Bielefeld). So you can read for free all the articles (Including Hilbert's famous problem paper; Martin Grötschel demonstrated it at the opening ceremony of ICM 2010). I dont know when the proceedings of ICM2010 will be added. UPDATE: the 2010 articles have now been added!

As for the talks themselves there is a page with all the ICM 2010 plenary talks here http://www.icm2010.in/from-the-venue/online-streaming-archives links for videos from earlier ICM's (plenary talks and other events) can be found here http://www.mathunion.org/activities/icm

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This is the answer to this question! –  José Figueroa-O'Farrill Aug 30 '10 at 16:34
    
Dear Gil, thank you very much for the update. I just looked at a couple of videos, they are very nice. –  Hailong Dao Jul 10 '11 at 1:55
    
For others, the direct link to the videos : mathunion.org/activities/icm/videos –  Hailong Dao Jul 10 '11 at 1:56
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Proceedings of ICM 2010 are in four volumes. You can download them here

http://tinyurl.com/ICM2010-Vol1

http://tinyurl.com/ICM2010-Vol2

http://tinyurl.com/ICM2010-Vol3

http://tinyurl.com/ICM2010-Vol4

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Why not provide a 'clear' url? –  quid Apr 14 '13 at 10:28
    
@quid The 'clear' url looks clumsy as they are hosted on my google drive. –  Tittu Apr 14 '13 at 10:34
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Thanks for the reply. But I for one will not click through links to unclear locations provided by somebody. (Sorry for being so suspicious (or is it suspecting), but you just joined and posted this.) To be more constructive let me add: you could make the clickable text still nicer and still have the clear url in the source here. –  quid Apr 14 '13 at 10:46
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A noble attempt by Ulf Rehmann to make available all ICM Proceedings in electronic form, with links to some old ones: http://www.math.uni-bielefeld.de/~rehmann/icm_proceedings.html .

1900: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k994421
1954 is available in google books
1970: http://lib.mexmat.ru/books/40606 http://lib.mexmat.ru/books/49066 http://lib.mexmat.ru/books/47457 (albeit not freely available)

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The IMU acts as sponsor of the ICMs and maintains a fair amount of information at http://www.mathunion.org/ including a list of all past venues with online links from 1998 on (as you've already encountered). For instance, the 1998 Berlin ICM proceedings are all freely available at Documenta Mathematica's site http://www.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de/documenta/xvol-icm/ICM.html. But that's an optimal case.

I've heard in the past that there was some movement toward scanning all past proceedings volumes, but this might not be easy due to varying copyright ownership (and costs of the project). Many but not all libraries have those volumes. It's always a problem to find a publisher, commercial or nonprofit, to handle the immediate task of publication after a Congress. In recent years most invited talks have been available on the arXiv, for instance one just posted this week by Ivan Losev on finite W-algebras. But that's up to the initiative of the speakers.

Cautionary footnote: While the ICM can be quite a good experience for those attending, the published talks don't always give helpful overviews and are often highly technical. Better surveys might be found in many places, including the arXiv and the AMS Bulletin and Notices (free online). In any case, the posted Fields Medal awards and responses are a useful resource.

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Years ago I received for free a CD-ROM from World Scientific containing a PDF file with some Fields medalists' talks at the ICM. It contains talks up to and including the 1994 ICM. I have just managed to find this CD and put the relevant PDF file (11Mb) here for anyone interested.

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Awesome!!! Thanks a lot, Jose. –  Hailong Dao Apr 1 '10 at 15:23
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