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Erdős Memorial Lectures


picture of Erdos with captionThe Erdős Memorial Lecture is an annual invited address made possible by a fund created by Andrew Beal, a Dallas banker and mathematics enthusiast. The Lecture is named for the prolific mathematician Paul Erdős (1913-1996). The Beal Prize Fund is being held by the AMS until it is awarded for a correct solution to the Beal Conjecture. At Mr. Beal's request, the interest from the fund is used to support the Erdős Memorial Lecture.

Erdős Memorial Lecturers (Upcoming)

The 2015 Erdős Memorial Lecture will be held at the 2015 Fall Central Section Meeting, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, on October 3, 2015. The lecturer will be Peter Sarnak, Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University. The title of his talk will be Markoff Surfaces, Numbers and Strong Approximation.

The 2016 Erdős Memorial Lecture will be held during the 2016 Spring Western Section Meeting at the University of Utah, April 9 - 10, 2016. The lecturer will be Ravi Vakil, Stanford University. The title of his talk will be Cutting and Pasting in Algebraic Geometry.

Erdős Memorial Lecturers (Past)

03/22/14 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Maria Chudnovsky, Columbia University
Coloring graphs with forbidden induced subgraphs

10/12/13 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Barry Mazur, Harvard University
Arithmetic statistics: elliptic curves and other mathematical objects

04/27/13 Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Spring Central Section Meeting
Endre Szemerédi, Rutgers University and Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics in Hungary
On Subset Sums

10/27/12 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Fall Western Section Meeting
Ken Ono, Emory University
Ramanujan's Last Prophecy: Quantum Modularity

10/15/11 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Fall Central Section Meeting
Emmanuel Candes, Stanford University
Recovering the unseen: some recent advances in low-rank matrix reconstruction

3/27/10 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University

3/28/09 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Spring Central Section Meeting
Jeffrey Lagarias, University of Michigan
From Apollonian circle packings to Fibonacci numbers

3/15/08 Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, New York City, NY, Spring Northeast Section Meeting
William Timothy Gowers, University of Cambridge
Decomposing bounded functions

3/3/07 Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Andrew J. Granville, Université de Montréal
Erdős Dream and Pretentious Characters

4/8/06 University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, Spring Central Section Meeting
Béla Bollobás, University of Memphis and Cambridge University
Inhomogeneous Random Graphs

10/8/05 Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Eastern Section Meeting
Persi Diaconis, Stanford University
Erdős picture of "most things"

5/17/04 Hyatt Regency, Houston, TX, Sixth AMS-SMM International Meeting
Bernd Sturmfels, University of California Berkeley
Tropical geometry

10/2/03 University of Colorado, Central-Western Joint Section Meeting
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study
Some insights of computational complexity theory

10/6/02, Northeastern University, Eastern Section Meeting
Hillel Furstenberg, Einstein Institute of Mathematics
The conjecture of Erdős-Turan and Its Impact on Ergodic Theory

3/16/01 University of South Carolina, Southeast Section Meeting
Carl Pomerance, Bell Laboratories
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Paul Erdős, and me

9/23/00 University of Toronto, Central Section Meeting
John H. Conway, Princeton University
New ways to look at quadratic forms

5/19/99 University of North Texas, Fourth AMS-SMM International Meeting
Ronald L. Graham, AT&T Labs
Paul Erdős and his favorite problems in number theory

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