Lectures by Faculty

Is the Abstract Mathematics of Topology Applicable to the Real World?

Robert D. MacPherson; Randall D. Kamien; Raúl Rabadán
Hermann Weyl Professor, School of Mathematics; University of Pennsylvania; Columbia University
May 1, 2015
Topology is the only major branch of modern mathematics that wasn't anticipated by the ancient mathematicians. Throughout most of its history, topology has been regarded as strictly abstract mathematics, without applications. However, illustrating Wigner's principle of "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences", topology is now beginning to come up in our understanding of many different real world phenomena.

Opening Remarks

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor
November 22, 2014

Welcome Remarks
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor Institute for Advanced Study

Computational Phenomena in Physics

Scott Aaronson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
November 22, 2014

Introduction of Physics Session 
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics
Institute for Advanced Study

Computational Phenomena in Physics
Scott Aaronson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Computational Phenomena in Social Interaction

Jon Kleinberg
Cornell University
November 22, 2014

Introduction of Social Science Session 
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics
Institute for Advanced Study

Computational Phenomena in Social Interaction 
Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

Theoretical Computer Science and Economics

Tim Roughgarden
Stanford University
November 22, 2014

Introduction of Economics Session 
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics
Institute for Advanced Study

Theoretical Computer Science and Economics
Tim Roughgarden, Stanford University

The Computational Universe

Leslie Valiant
Harvard University
November 22, 2014

Opening Remarks and Introduction of Biology Session 
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics
Institute for Advanced Study

The Computational Universe
Leslie Valiant, Harvard University

Muslim Perceptions and Receptions of the Bible

Sabine Schmidtke
Professor, School of Historical Studies
October 27, 2014
The Qurʾān defines itself as the last, perfect link in a chain of progressive divine revelations. This determines the ambivalent attitude of the Qurʾān and the Muslim tradition towards the two earlier monotheistic religions: Judaism and Christianity, and their scriptures.

Science for Families - The Big Bang

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor
Institute for Advanced Study
October 18, 2014
How did the universe begin? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explains what we know about the Big Bang and explores the mysteries of our universe. This talk is geared for children ages 10 and up.

The Gopakumar-Vafa Formula

Edward Witten
Charles Simonyi Professor, School of Natural Sciences
June 19, 2014

The Amplituhedron

Nima Arkani-Hamed
Professor, School of Natural Sciences
June 17, 2014