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. This year's series Integrable Systems, Operator Determinants and Probabilistic Models, will be presented by Craig Tracy, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Tracy is a leader in statistical physics, integrable systems and probability theory. He is best known for his work on the asymmetric simple exclusion process, work which has wide applications in various problems in growth processes, population genetics, and finance. His work has ranged from exactly solvable models, to random matrix theory to universal distributions.
The lectures will all occur in Abelson room 131 from 4-5PM on October 16-17 (Tuesday-Wednesday), and 4:30-5:30PM on October 18 (Thursday). There will be a reception after the first lecture at the Faculty Lounge (in the Faculty Club).
Previous lecturers: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.