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Simons Lecture Series

The Department of Mathematics annually presents the Simons Lecture Series to celebrate the most exciting mathematical work by the very best mathematicians of our time. The format of this lecture series has evolved since its inception in 1999, and now includes two weeks of lectures— one in pure mathematics and the other in applied mathematics— given each spring.

We are grateful to our good friend Jim Simons for providing the financial backing of these lectures.

2019 Lectures

April 24, 25, 26, 2019: Alexander Barvinok

Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan

Research interests: computational complexity and algorithms in algebra, geometry, and combinatorics

Combinatorics, complexity and complex zeros of partition functions

  • Lecture 1: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    How (and why) we compute really big polynomials
    Lecture Video
  • Lecture 2: Thursday, April 25, 2019
    More examples from combinatorics and statistical physics
    Lecture Video
  • Lecture 3: Friday, April 26, 2019
    Computational complexity and physics: diverging paths?
    Lecture Video

April 29, 30, May 1, 2019: June Huh

Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University

Research interests: geometry, topology, and combinatorics of algebraic varieties

Lorentzian polynomials

  • Lecture 1: Monday, April 29, 2019
    The space of Lorentzian polynomials
    Lecture Video
  • Lecture 2: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    Discrete convexity and continuous convexity: a tropical connection
    Lecture Video
  • Lecture 3: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    Hodge-Riemann relations for Potts model partition functions and other examples
    Lecture Video