Abstract and Poster
Eisenbud Lectures in Mathematics and Physics
The Eisenbud Lectures are the result of a generous donation by Leonard and Ruth-Jean Eisenbud, intended for a yearly set of lectures by an eminent physicist or mathematician working close to the interface of the two subjects.
Lecture: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4pm in Abelson 131
2014: Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University
Lecture 1: "Strings and the Magic of Extra Dimensions"
Lecture 2: "Recent Progress in Topological Strings I"
Lecture 3: "Recent Progress in Topological Strings II"
poster Science Blog article
2012: Craig Tracy, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis.
Lectures: Integrable Systems, Operator Determinants and Probabilistic Models
2011: Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research of New England
Lecure I: Models and Behavior of the Internet,
the World Wide Web
Lecture II: Convergent Sequences of Networks
2010: Daniel Freed, University of Texas at Austin
Lecture I: “Differential K-theory and Dirac operators”
Lecture II: "Twisted K-theory and loop groups"
Lecture III: "Dirac charge quantization in string theory"
2009: Leo Kadanoff, University of Chicago
Lecture I: "Making a Splash, Breaking a Neck: The Development of Complexity in Fluids"
Lecture II: "The Good the Bad and the Awful-- Scientific Simulation and Prediction"
Lecture III: "Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions of Toeplitz Matrices"
2008: Andrei Okounkov, Princeton University
“The Algebra of Random Surfaces"
2007: Robbert Dijkgraaf, University of Amsterdam
Lecture I: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Physics in Modern Mathematics
Lecture II: The Quantum Geometry of Topological String Theory
Lecture III: Quantum Field Theory, D-Modules and Integrable Systems.