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AMS Erdős Lecture for Students


The 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 prolific mathematician Paul Erdős (1913-1996). At Mr. Beal's request, interest from the Beal fund is used to support the Erdős Memorial Lecture. For two decades, this annual lecture was given at a Sectional Meeting, and starting in 2022 it is given as the Erdős Lecture for Students at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.

Next Lecture

The next Erdős Lecture will be given by John Urschel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the 2024 Joint Mathematics Meetings.

Past Lectures

Amie Wilkinson

2023·Amie Wilkinson
University of Chicago

2023 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting

Symmetry Rigidity.


Eugenia Cheng

2023·Eugenia Cheng
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the City University of London

2023 Joint Mathematics Meetings

Associativity, commutativity and units: a higher-dimensional ballet


Hee Oh

2022· Hee Oh
Yale University

2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings

Euclidean lines on hyperbolic manifolds


Andrei Okounkov

2020· Andrei Okounkov
Columbia University

2020 Fall Western Sectional Meeting

Lie theory without groups


Lauren K. Williams

2019 · Lauren K. Williams
University of California, Berkeley

2019 Fall Central Sectional Meeting

Probability and combinatorics: hopping particles and Macdonald polynomials


Andrea Bertozzi

2018 · Andrea Bertozzi
University of California Los Angeles

2018 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting

Geometric graph-based methods for high dimensional data

James Maynard - Magdalen College, Oxford and Clay Mathematics Institute

2017 · James Maynard
Magdalen College, Oxford and Clay Mathematics Institute

Spring Eastern Section Meeting

Large gaps between prime numbers

Ravi Vakil

2016 · Ravi Vakil
Stanford University

04/09/16 University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Spring Western Section Meeting

Cutting and Pasting in Algebraic Geometry

Peter Sarnak

2015 · Peter Sarnak
Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University

10/03/15 Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Fall Central Section Meeting

Markoff Surfaces, Numbers and Strong Approximation

Maria Chudnovsky

2014 · Maria Chudnovsky
Columbia University

03/22/14 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Fall Central Section Meeting

Coloring graphs with forbidden induced subgraphs

2013 · Barry Mazur, Harvard University
10/12/13 Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Arithmetic statistics: elliptic curves and other mathematical objects
2013 · Endre Szemerédi, Rutgers University and Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics in Hungary
04/27/13 Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Spring Central Section Meeting
On Subset Sums
2012 · Ken Ono, Emory University
10/27/12 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Fall Western Section Meeting
Ramanujan's Last Prophecy: Quantum Modularity
2011 · Emmanuel Candes, Stanford University
10/15/11 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, Fall Central Section Meeting
Recovering the unseen: some recent advances in low-rank matrix reconstruction
2010 · Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University
3/27/10 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
2009 · Jeffrey Lagarias, University of Michigan
3/28/09 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Spring Central Section Meeting
From Apollonian circle packings to Fibonacci numbers
2008 · William Timothy Gowers, University of Cambridge
3/15/08 Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, New York City, NY, Spring Northeast Section Meeting
Decomposing bounded functions
2007 · Andrew J. Granville, Université de Montréal
3/3/07 Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Erdős Dream and Pretentious Characters
2006 · Béla Bollobás, University of Memphis and Cambridge University
4/8/06 University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, Spring Central Section Meeting
Inhomogeneous Random Graphs
2005 · Persi Diaconis, Stanford University
10/8/05 Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Eastern Section Meeting
Erdős picture of "most things"
2004 · Bernd Sturmfels, University of California Berkeley
5/17/04 Hyatt Regency, Houston, TX, Sixth AMS-SMM International Meeting
Tropical geometry
2003 · Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study
10/2/03 University of Colorado, Central-Western Joint Section Meeting
Some insights of computational complexity theory
2002 · Hillel Furstenberg, Einstein Institute of Mathematics
10/6/02, Northeastern University, Eastern Section Meeting
The conjecture of Erdős-Turan and Its Impact on Ergodic Theory
2001 · Carl Pomerance, Bell Laboratories
3/16/01 University of South Carolina, Southeast Section Meeting
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Paul Erdős, and me
2000 · John H. Conway, Princeton University
9/23/00 University of Toronto, Central Section Meeting
New ways to look at quadratic forms
1999 · Ronald L. Graham, AT&T Labs
5/19/99 University of North Texas, Fourth AMS-SMM International Meeting
Paul Erdős and his favorite problems in number theory

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