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

Tuesday, October 27 at 4pm
Abelson 131
A physicist under the spell of Ramanujan and moonshine

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Wednesday, October 28 at 4pm
Abelson 131
Mock modular forms in mathematics and physics

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Thursday, October 29 at 11:00am
Abelson 333
Umbral Moonshine

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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.