The ExhibitsThe 2004 Joint Mathematics Meetings Exhibits provided participants the opportunity to view new books and journals, software, web resources, gifts and math-related products--many on sale at a special discount for meeting attendees; to visit the various professional society booths to learn about their programs and services; and to connect with colleagues. The Grand Opening was an exciting occasion where hundreds of people flooded into the exhibits after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. As part of this occasion, 25 companies held raffles throughout the day and many prizes were won. The exhibit hall was a very busy place throughout the meetings.
Exhibitors included textbook and reference publishers, makers of calculators, software and other tools for mathematicians, and various organizations. There were also exhibitors displaying sculptures and gifts--art, t-shirts, and jewelry, for example. See the list of exhibitors and sponsors.
The AMS exhibit area featured books, journals, and MathSciNet, membership information and free items (including offprints of recent surveys, the 2004 wall calendar and daily planner, the "What Can I Do with a Math Degree" poster, Mathematical Moments posters, and coffee). The AMS also hosted the Mathematical Genealogy Project, which drew many mathematicians who spent time exploring the database.
--- Penny Pina, AMS Meetings & Conferences