The AMS Einstein Public Lecture in mathematics

Set in motion in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's annus mirabilis

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The American Mathematical Society sponsors a series of public lectures in mathematics entitled The AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics. The lectures began in 2005, to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Einstein's annus mirabilis and were endowed by a generous donor in 2008. They are to be given annually at one of the Society's eight sectional meetings. The year 1905 marked the publication by Albert Einstein in Germany of four fundamental papers that changed the course of twentieth-century physics. Einstein later moved to the United States, where he became a founding member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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2019 · Barry Mazur · Harvard UniversityBarry Mazur lecture poster

The 2019 Einstein Lecture will be held during the 2019 Spring Central-Western Joint Sectional Meeting on the campus of the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, HI, March 23, 2019.

The lecturer will be Barry Mazur of Harvard University. The title of his talk will be On the Arithmetic of Curves. See poster here.

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Past Lectures

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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

Richard Evan Schwartz · Brown University

2017 · Richard Evan Schwartz · Brown University

04/01/17 at Indiana University, Bloomington, Idiana
Spring Central Sectional Meeting
Modern Scratch Paper: Graphical Explorations in Geometry and Dynamics

Erik Demaine · Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2016 · Erik Demaine · Massachusetts Institute of Technology

03/05/16 at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography

Simon Tavaré · Cambridge University

2015 · Simon Tavaré · Cambridge University

3/07/15 at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting
Cancer by the Numbers

James H. Simons · Simons Foundation

2014 · James H. Simons · Simons Foundation

10/25/14 at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Fall Western Section Meeting · View Highlights
Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck

Jon Kleinberg · Cornell University

2013 · Jon Kleinberg · Cornell University

10/19/13 at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri,
Fall Central Section Meeting · View presentation slides
Bursts, Cascades, and Hot Spots: A Glimpse of Some On-Line Social Phenomena at Global Scales


2012 · Gunther Uhlmann · University of California and Irvine & University of Washington

03/17/12 at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Spring Eastern Section Meeting
Cloaking: Science Meets Science-Fiction


2011 · Emmanuel Candes · Stanford University

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


2010 · Terence Tao · University of California Los Angeles

10/09/10 at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California,
Fall Western Section Meeting
The Cosmic Distance Ladder


2009 · Michael S. Waterman · University of Southern California

04/04/09 at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Reading DNA sequences:Twenty-first century technology with eighteenth century mathematics

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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