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The AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics

About the Lectures

The annual AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics began in 2005, to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Albert Einstein'sannus mirabilis, or, "Miracle Year" in 1905, when he published four fundamental papers that revolutionized physics. These papers explained the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, the theory of special relativity, and the principle of mass-energy equivalence. They solidified Einstein's reputation as one of the greatest physicists of all time and earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

The lectures were endowed by a generous donor in 2008. They are to be given annually at one of the Society's eight sectional meetings.

2025 · Sarah B. Hart · Birkbeck, University of London and Gresham College

The 2025 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics will be given by Sarah B. Hart, the Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, at the 2025 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, which will be held March 8-9, 2025.

Past Lectures

2024 · Talitha Washington · Clark Atlanta University

The 2024 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics was given by Talitha Washington, Clark Atlanta University and Atlanta University Center, at the 2024 Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting at Howard University, Washington, DC. The lecture, titled The Data Revolution, will take placeon April 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. and will be open to the public.

Talitha Washington is a featured mathematician on the American Mathematical Society's poster, Mathematically Gifted And Black. Order one for your office or classroom!

2022 · This lecture was cancelled, as part of the cancellation of the 2022 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting.

2021 · Abba Gumel · Arizona State University

The 2021 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics was delivered virtually on Saturday, March 20, 2021, by Professor Abba Gumel of Arizona State University. The title of his lecture was Mathematics of Infectious Diseases. See the poster here.

Abba Gumel is the Foundation Professor of Mathematics at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Science, Arizona State University. He received his PhD in Mathematics from Brunel University, England, in 1994, and has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba, Canada (1999-2014). His work is primarily focused on the use of mathematical approaches to gain insight into the transmission dynamics and control of emerging and re-emerging diseases of public health importance. Read more at his university page.

2019 · Barry Mazur · Harvard University

The 2019 Einstein Lecture was held in the Kennedy Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.The title of his lecture was On the Arithmetic of Curves. See the poster here.

Barry Mazur is Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University. Winner of many awards and prizes, including the National Medal of Science, Mazur has done outstanding work in many areas of mathematics—his work provided a foundation for the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem—and is known for being able to communicate those results to non-mathematicians and to relish doing so. See video of his lecture here:

2018 · Edward Frenkel · UC Berkeley

The 2018 Einstein Lecture was held in the Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall, at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, on April 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm. The title of his lecture was Imagination and Knowledge. See the poster here.

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 1997 after being on the faculty at Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and the winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics. Frenkel's latest book "Love and Math" was a New York Times bestseller, has been named one of the Best Books of the year by both Amazon and iBooks, and won the Euler Book Prize from the Mathematical Association of America. It has been published in 17 languages, with more translations in the pipeline

2008 · Freeman Dyson · Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton

10/04/2008 at the University of British Columbia and the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
2008 Fall Western Section Meeting Note: The Einstein Lecture by Freeman Dyson was cancelled. A link to his Birds and Frogs Notices article is provided.

2007 · Sir Roger Penrose · University of Oxford

10/6/07 at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Spacetime Conformal Geometry, and a New Extended Cosmology

2006 · Benoît B. Mandelbrot · Yale University

4/29/06 at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Spring Western Section Meeting
The Nature of Roughness in Mathematics, Science, and Art

2005 · Sir Michael Atiyah · University of Edinburgh

10/21/05 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
Fall Central Section Meeting
The Nature of Space