# Lectures by Faculty

## Picasso and Abstraction: Encounters and Avoidance

## The New Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

## Modern Cosmology and the Origin of the Universe

in our understanding of the history of our

universe. I will summarize our current

knowledge, describe some of the puzzles

that still remain and speculate about future

developments in cosmology.

Matias Zaldarriaga has made many influential

and creative contributions to our understanding of the

early universe, particle astrophysics, and cosmology

As a probe of fundamental physics. Much of his work

centers on understanding the clues about the earliest

## Remembering Patricia Crone (1945–2015)

Patricia Crone, Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies, helped to establish the Institute as a recognized center for the pursuit of Islamic culture and history. Crone’s insightful work shed important new light on the critical importance of the Near East—in particular on the cultural, religious, and intellectual history of Islam—in historical studies.

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

## More on sum-of-squares proofs for planted clique

While this talk is a continuation of the one I gave on Tue Nov 25, it will be planned as an independent one. I will not assume knowledge from that talk, and will reintroduce that is needed. (That first lecture gave plenty of background material, and anyone interested can watch it on https://video.ias.edu/csdm/2014/1125-AviWigderson).

## Sum-of-squares lower bounds for the planted clique problem

## Computational Phenomena in Physics

*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

*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