Scott Sheffield

Leighton Family Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Office: 2-249
Email: last name at

Mailing address
Department of Mathematics
MIT, 2-249
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Research Interests
Probability, mathematical physics, game theory

MIT Probability Seminar: Mondays, 4:15

Some current/former PhD advisees
Tom Alberts, Morris Ang , Manan Bhatia, Ewain Gwynne, Nina Holden, Sungwook Kim, Oren Louidor, Ron Nissim, Minjae Park, Joshua Pfeffer, Xin Sun, Sam Watson, Menglu Wang, Catherine Wolfram, Pu Yu

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Visiting Professor at Institute for Advanced Study Princeton 2022-2023

2022 Plenary ICM Talk: What is a random surface? plus notes for Proceedings of ICM with slides, code, animations (meant as a guide for people getting into the subject)

Notes/references from recent graduate topics course (also an overview of current research directions)

Quanta Magazine article (a journalistic account of recent research)

Jason Miller's images (many cool pictures and animations)

Math major in love (a song I wrote as an undergraduate, which illustrates how little my life has changed since then...)

Pandemics and paradox: surprising math in the simplest models

MIT Center for Statistics