Upcoming Gibbs Lectures
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Past Gibbs Lectures

February 1924, New York City; Professor Michael I. Pupin, Columbia University; Coordination, Scribner's Magazine, v. 76, no. 1, pp. 3 – 10 (1925).

December 1924, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Robert Henderson, Vice President, Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S.; Life insurance as a social science and as a mathematical problem, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 31, nos. 5 – 6, pp. 227 – 252 (1925).

December 1925, Kansas City, Missouri; Professor James Pierpont, Yale University; Some modern views of space, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 32, no. 3, pp. 225 – 258 (1926).

December 1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Professor H. B. Williams, Columbia University; Mathematics and the biological sciences, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 33, no. 3, pp. 273 – 293 (1927).

December 1927, Nashville, Tennessee; Professor E. W. Brown, Yale University; Resonance in the solar system, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 34, no. 3, pp. 265 – 289 (1928).

December 1928, New York City; Professor G. H. Hardy, Trinity College (England); An introduction to the theory of numbers, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 35, no. 6, pp. 778 – 818 (1929).

December 1929, Des Moines, Iowa; Professor Irving Fisher, Yale University; The applications of mathematics to the social sciences, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 36, no. 4, pp. 225 – 243 (1930).

December 1930, Cleveland, Ohio; Professor E. B. Wilson, Harvard School of Public Health; Reminiscences of Gibbs by a student and colleague, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 37, no. 6, pp. 401 – 416 (1931).

December 1931, New Orleans, Louisiana; Professor P. W. Bridgman, Harvard University; Statistical mechanics and the second law of thermodynamics, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 38, no. 4, pp. 225 – 245 (1932).

December 1932, Atlantic City, New Jersey; Professor R. C. Tolman, California Institute of Technology; Thermodynamics and relativity, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 39, no. 2, pp. 49 – 74 (1933).

December 1934, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Professor Albert Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study; An elementary proof of the theorem concerning the equivalence of mass and energy, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 41, no. 4, pp. 223 – 230 (1935).

January 1935, St. Louis, Missouri; Dr. Vannevar Bush, Vice President, Massa chusetts Institute of Technology; Instrumental analysis, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 42, no. 10, pp. 649 – 670 (1936).

October 1936, New York City; Professor H. N. Russell, Princeton University; Model stars, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 43, no. 2, pp. 49 – 77 (1937).

December 1937, Indianapolis, Indiana; Professor C. A. Kraus, Brown University; The present status of the theory of electrolytes, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 44, no. 6, pp. 361 – 383 (1938). 15. December 1939, Columbus, Ohio;

December 1939, Columbus, Ohio; Professor Theodore von K\'arm\'an, California Institute of Technology; The engineer grapples with nonlinear problems, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 46, no. 8, pp. 615 – 683 (1940).

September 1941, Chicago, Illinois; Professor Sewall Wright, University of Chicago; Statistical genetics and evolution, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 48, no. 4, pp. 223 – 246 (1942).

November 1943, Chicago, Illinois; Professor Harry Bateman, California Institute of Technology; The control of elastic fluids, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 51, no. 9, pp. 601 – 646 (1945).

November 1944, Chicago, Illinois; Professor John von Neumann, Institute for Advanced Study; The ergodic theorem and statistical mechanics.

November 1945, Chicago, Illinois; Professor J. C. Slater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Physics and the wave equation, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 52, no. 5, part 1, pp. 392 – 400 (1946).

November 1946, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Professor Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago; The transfer of radiation in stellar atmosphere, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 53, no. 7, pp. 641 – 711 (1947).

December 1947, Athens, Georgia; Professor P. M. Morse, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mathematical problems in operations research, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 54, no. 7, pp. 602 – 621 (1948).

December 1948, Columbus, Ohio; Professor Hermann Weyl, Institute for Advanced Study; Ramifications, old and new, of the eigenvalue problem, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 56, no. 2, pp. 115 – 139 (1950).

December 1949, New York City; Professor Norbert Wiener, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Problems of sensory prosthesis, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 57, no. 1, pp. 27 – 35 (1951).

December 1950, Gainesville, Florida; Professor G. E. Uhlenbeck, University of Michigan; Some basic problems of statistical mechanics.

December 1951, Providence, Rhode Island; Professor Kurt Gödel, Institute for Advanced Study; Some basic theorems on the foundations of mathematics and their philosophical implications. First published in his Collected Works, v. III, Oxford University Press, pp. 304 – 323 (1995). Published title omits the word ``philosophical".

December 1952, St. Louis, Missouri; Professor Marston Morse, Institute for Advanced Study; Topology and geometrical analysis.

December 1953, Baltimore, Maryland; Professor Wassily Leontief, Harvard University; Mathematics in economics, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 60, no. 3, pp. 215 – 233 (1954).

December 1954, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Professor Kurt O. Friedrichs, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; Asymptotic phenomena in mathematical physics, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 61, no. 6, pp. 485 – 504 (1955).

December 1955, Houston, Texas; Professor Joseph E. Meyer, University of Chicago; The structure of simple fields, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 62, no. 4, pp. 332 – 346 (1956).

December 1956, Rochester, New York; Professor Marshall H. Stone, University of Chicago; Mathematics and the future of science, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 63, no. 2, pp. 61 – 76 (1957).

January 1958, Cincinnati, Ohio; Professor H. J. Muller, Department of Zoology, Indiana University; Evolution by mutation, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 64, no. 4, pp. 137 – 160 (1958).

January 1959, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Professor J. M. Burgers, University of Maryland; On the emergence of patterns of order, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 69, no. 1, pp. 1 – 25 (1963).

January 1960, Chicago, Illinois; Professor Julian Schwinger, Harvard University; Quantum field theory.

January 1961, Washington, D.C.; Professor J. J. Stoker, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; Some nonlinear problems in elasticity, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 68, no. 4, pp. 239 – 278 (1962). Published under the title Some observations on continuum mechanics with emphasis on elasticity.

January 1962, Cincinnati, Ohio; Professor C. N. Yang, Institute for Advanced Study; Symmetry principles in modern physics.

January 1963, Berkeley, California; Professor Claude E. Shannon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Information theory.

January 1964, Miami, Florida; Professor Lars Onsager, Yale University; Mathematical problems of cooperative phenomena.

January 1965, Denver, Colorado; Professor D. H. Lehmer, University of California, Berkeley; Mechanical mathematics, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 72, no. 5, pp. 739 – 750 (1966).

January 1966, Chicago, Illinois; Professor Martin Schwarzschild, Princeton University; Stellar evolution.

January 1967, Houston, Texas; Professor Mark Kac, Rockefeller University; Some mathematical problems in the theory of phase transitions.

January 1968, San Francisco, California; Professor Eugene P. Wigner, Princeton University; Problems of symmetry in old and new physics, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 74, no. 5, pp. 793 – 815 (1968).

January 1969, New Orleans, Louisiana; Professor Raymond L. Wilder, University of Michigan; Trends and social implications of research, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 75, no. 5, pp. 891 – 906 (1969).

January 1970, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Walter H. Munk, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Tides and time.

January 1971, Atlantic City, New Jersey; Professor Eberhard F. F. Hopf, Indiana University; Ergodic theory and the geodesic flow on surfaces of constant negative curvature, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 77, no. 6, pp. 863 – 877 (1971).

January 1972, Las Vegas, Nevada; Professor Freeman J. Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study; Missed opportunities, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 78, no. 5, pp. 635 – 652 (1972).

January 1973, Dallas, Texas; Professor Jürgen Moser, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; The stability concept in dynamical systems.

January 1974, San Francisco, California; Professor Paul A. Samuelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Economics and mathematical analysis.

January 1975, Washington, D.C.; Professor Fritz John, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; A priori estimates, geometric effects, and asymptotic behavior, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 81, no. 6, pp. 1013 – 1023 (1975).

January 1976, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Arthur S. Wightman, Princeton University; Nonlinear functional analysis and some of its applications in quantum field theory.

January 1977, St. Louis, Missouri; Professor Joseph B. Keller, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; Rays, waves, and asymptotics, Bulletin of the AMS, v. 84, no. 5, pp. 727 – 750 (1978).

January 1978, Atlanta, Georgia; Professor Donald E. Knuth, Stanford University; Mathematical typography, AMS NS, v. 1, no. 2, pp. 337 – 372 (1979).

January 1979, Biloxi, Mississippi; Professor Martin Kruskal, Princeton University; ``What are solitons and inverse scattering anyway, and why should I care?''

January 1980, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Kenneth Wilson, Cornell University; The statistical continuum limit.

January 1981, San Francisco, California; Professor Cathleen S. Morawetz, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; The mathematical approach to the sound barrier, AMS NS, v. 6, no. 2, pp. 127 – 145 (1982). Published under the title The mathematical approach to the sonic barrier.

January 1982, Cincinnati, Ohio; Professor Elliott W. Montroll, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; The dynamics and evolution of some sociotechnical systems, AMS NS, v. 16, no. 1, pp. 1 – 46 (1987).

January 1983, Denver, Colorado; Professor Samuel Karlin, Stanford University, Stanford, California; Mathematical models and controversies of evolutionary theory, AMS NS, v. 10, no. 2, pp. 221 – 273 (1984). Published under the title Mathematical models, problems, and controversies of evolutionary theory.

January 1984, Louisville, Kentucky; Professor Herbert A. Simon, CarnegieMellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Computer modeling of the processes of scientific and mathematical discovery, AMS NS, v. 11, no. 2, pp. 247 – 262 (1984). Published under the title Computer modeling of scientific and mathematical discovery processes.

January 1985, Anaheim, California; Professor Michael O. Rabin, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel; Randomization in mathematics and computer science.

January 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana; Professor L. E. Scriven, University of Minnesota; The third leg\/$:$ Mathematics and computation in applicable science and high technology.

January 1987, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Thomas C. Spencer, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; Schrödinger operators and dynamical systems.

January 1988, Atlanta, Georgia; Professor David P. Ruelle, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Paris, France; How natural is our mathematics? The example of equilibrium statistical mechanics, AMS NS, v. 19, no. 2, pp. 259 – 268 (1988). Published under the title Is our mathematics natural? The case of equilibrium statistical mechanics.

January 1989, Phoenix, Arizona; Professor Elliott H. Lieb, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; The stability of matter: from atoms to stars, AMS NS, v. 22, no. 1, pp. 1 – 49 (1990).

January 1990, Louisville, Kentucky; Professor George B. Dantzig, Stanford University, Stanford, California; The wide wide world of pure mathematics that goes by other names.

January 1991, San Francisco, California; Sir Michael Atiyah, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge, England; Physics and the mysteries of space; Selected Lectures, AMS videotape.

January 1992, Baltimore, Maryland; Professor Michael E. Fisher, Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; Approaching the limit: Mathematics and myth in statistical physics.

January 1993, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Charles S. Peskin, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University; Fluid dynamics and fiber architecture of the heart and its valves.

January 1994, Cincinnati, Ohio; Professor Robert M. May, Oxford University; Necessity and chance: Deterministic chaos in ecology and evolution, AMS NS, v. 32, no. 3, pp. 291 – 308 (1995) .

January 1995, San Francisco, California; Professor Andrew J. Majda, Princeton University; Turbulence, turbulent diffusion, and modern applied mathematics.

January 1996, Orlando, Florida; Professor Steven Weinberg, University of Texas, Austin; Is field theory the answer? Is string theory the answer? What was the question?

January 1997, San Diego, California; Professor Persi Diaconis, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University; Patterns in eigenvalues, AMS NS, v. 40, no. 2, pp. 155 – 178 (2003).

January 1998, Baltimore, Maryland; Professor Edward Witten, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study; $M$Theory, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, v. 45, no. 9, pp. 1124 – 1129 (1999). Published under the title Magic, mystery, and matrix.

January 1999, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Nancy J. Kopell, Boston University; We got rhythm: Dynamical systems of the nervous system, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, v. 47 no. 1, pp. 6 – 16 (2000).

January 2000, Washington, DC; Professor Roger Penrose, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University; Physics, computability, and mentality.

January 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana; Professor Ronald L. Graham, University of California, San Diego; The Steiner problem.

January 2002, San Diego, California; Professor Michael V. Berry, Physics Department, Bristol University, UK; Making light of mathematics, AMS NS, v. 40, no. 2, pp. 229 – 237 (2003).

January 2003, Baltimore, Maryland; Professor David B. Mumford, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, RI; The shape of objects in two and three dimensions: Mathematics meets computer vision.

January 2004, Phoenix, Arizona; Professor Eric S. Lander, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Biology as information.

January 2005, Atlanta, Georgia; Professor Ingrid Daubechies, Department of Mathematics and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; The interplay between analysis and algorithms.

January 2006, San Antonio, Texas; Professor Michael Savageau, University of California Davis; Function, Design and Evolution of Gene Circuitry.

January 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana; Professor Peter D. Lax, New York UniversityCourant Institute; Mathematics and Physics.

January 2008, San Diego, California; Professor Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study; Randomness–A computational complexity view.

January 2009, Washington, DC; Professor Percy Deift, Courant InstituteNew York University, Integrable systems: a modern view

January 2010, San Francisco, CA; Professor Peter W. Shor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Quantum channels and their capacities.

January 2011, New Orleans, LA; Professor George Papanicolaou, Stanford University, Mathematical Problems in Systematic Risk

January 2012, Boston, MA; Bradley Efron, Stanford University, A 250year argument: Belief, behavior, and the bootstrap  2012 Program

January 2013, San Diego, CA; Cédric Villani, l'Université de Lyon, On Disorder, Mixing and Equilibration  Abstract  2013 Program

January 2014, Baltimore, MD; Andrew Blake, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Machines that see, powered by probability  Abstract  2014 Program  Slides

January 2015, San Antonio, TX; Ronald L. Graham, University of California, San Diego, Mathematics and computers: problems and prospects
