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.

Jeffrey Harvey


Jeffrey Harvey, University of Chicago
Lectures: Tuesday, October 27; Wednesday, October 28; Thursday, October 29.
Times and locations to be announced.



Peter SarnakInstitute for Advanced Study and Princeton University

Lecture 1: The topology of random real hypersurfaces and percolation (video). PDF
Lecture 2: Nodal domains for Maass (modular) forms (video). PDF
Lecture 3: Families of zeta functions: their symmetries and applications (video). PDF
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 at the 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
“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.