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Einstein Lectures


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. 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 three 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.

Next Lecture

The 2014 Einstein Public Lecture will be held on October 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Towers Conference Center on the San Francisco State University (SFSU) campus. The lecturer will be James H. Simons, Chairman, Simons Foundation. The talk is titled Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck. See poster here.

The lecture will be followed by a reception hosted by the American Mathematical Society and the Department of Mathematics of San Francisco State University, which will take place from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm in the Seven Hills Conference Center on the SFSU campus. Since a very large audience is expected, an RSVP for planning purposes is encouraged but not required. Please RSVP using the form provided at

The 2015 Einstein Public Lecture will be given by Simon Tavaré, Cambridge University, at the 2015 Spring Northeastern Section Meeting at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Title to be announced.

Past Lectures

10/19/13 Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2013 Fall Central Section Meeting
Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
Bursts, Cascades, and Hot Spots: A Glimpse of Some On-Line Social Phenomena at Global Scales

03/17/12 George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2012 Spring Eastern Section Meeting
Gunther Uhlmann, University of California and Irvine & University of Washington
Cloaking: Science Meets Science-Fiction

10/09/10 University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 2010 Fall Western Section Meeting
Terence Tao, University of California Los Angeles
The Cosmic Distance Ladder

04/04/09 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2009 Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Michael S. Waterman, University of Southern California
Reading DNA sequences:Twenty-first century technology with eighteenth century mathematics

10/6/07 Rutgers University-New Brunswick, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, NJ, 2007 Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford
Spacetime Conformal Geometry, and a New Extended Cosmology

4/29/06 San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 2006 Spring Western Section Meeting
Benoît B. Mandelbrot, Yale University
The Nature of Roughness in Mathematics, Science, and Art

10/21/05 University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2005 Fall Central Section Meeting
Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh
The Nature of Space
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