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.


James Sethna (Cornell University)


Nigel Hitchin (University of Oxford)

Lecture I: Algebraic curves and differential equations
Lecture II: Generalizing hyperbolic surfaces<strong
Lecture III: Higgs bundles and mirror symmetry


Jeffrey Harvey (University of Chicago)

Lecture 1: A physicist under the spell of Ramanujan and moonshine
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Lecture 2: Mock modular forms in mathematics and physics
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Lecture 3: Umbral Moonshine
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Peter Sarnak (Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University)

Lecture 1: The topology of random real hypersurfaces and percolation (videoPDF
Lecture 2: Nodal domains for Maass (modular) forms (video). PDF
Lecture 3: Families of zeta functions: their symmetries and applications (videoPDF
poster  Science Blog Article


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


Craig Tracy (Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, University of California at Davis)
Lectures: Integrable Systems, Operator Determinants and Probabilistic Models
poster  abstract


Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research of New England)
Lecture I: Models and Behavior of the Internet, the World Wide Web
Lecture II: Convergent Sequences of Networks
poster abstract


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


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


Andrei Okounkov (Princeton University)
Lecture: The Algebra of Random Surfaces


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