## Timeline

15:15-15:20 | Opening of the 2017 Richard-von-Mises-Lecture |

15:20-16:15 | Historical Talk: A short history of Polish mathematics, Professor Wiesław Żelazko |

16:15-16:45 | Coffee Break |

16:45-17:45 | Richard-von-Mises-Lecture: Richard von Mises and the development of modern extreme value theory, Professor Thomas Mikosch |

17:45-19:00 | Reception and Get-Together |

## Abstracts

**Richard von Mises and the development of modern extreme value theory**

*Professor Thomas Mikosch (University of Copenhagen)*

In a basic course on extreme value theory one learns about the *von Mises conditions*.
They are basic domain of attraction conditions ensuring the distributional convergence of affinely transformed
partial maxima of an iid sequence towards a max-stable distribution.
After having found (in 1923) the limiting distribution of the maxima of an iid Gaussian sequence, the so-called
Gumbel distribution, in 1936, he also
classified the initial distributions which are attracted to a non-degenerate limiting distribution, and he gave
sufficient domain of attraction conditions. His 1936 work was based on knowledge about two
other limiting distributions, M. Fréchet had found the distribution, which is named
after him, in 1927. In the next year R.A. Fisher and L.H.C. Tippett published the paper which is basic
for work on extreme value theory. They characterized the three possible limit distributions: Fréchet, Gumbel and Weibull.
B.V. Gnedenko's 1943 paper in Annals of Mathematics
*Sur la distribution limité du terme d'une série aléatoire* is the seminal
paper which laid the foundations of an asymptotic theory for the extremes of an iid sequence. (*continue reading*)

**A short history of Polish mathematics**

*Professor Wiesław Żelazko (IMPAN Warsaw, Poland)*

In this talk I shall explain how Poland - a country having at the beginning of 20th century almost no mathematical traditions - could achieve, within a relatively short period 1919-1939, a good international position in such fields of mathematics as functional analysis, topology, set theory, functions of a real variable, logic and foundations of mathematics, and good forecasts for the future development of probability theory, differential equations and Fourier analysis. (*continue reading*)