Canadian Institute Lecture
by the Fields Institute
January 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building,
A. Cook, Ph.D., Department of Computer Sciences and Department
of Mathematics, U of T
P versus NP and the Limits of Computation
security of encrypted computer protocols such as credit
card transactions depends on unproven mathematical assumptions
concerning the limits of computation. The central assumption
is the conjecture known as P vs NP, which is
one of the million dollar questions listed by
the Clay Mathematics Institute. I will explain the conjecture,
and how our world could be very different if it turns out
to be false.
November 8, 2012 at 5p.m.
Bill Janeway, Institute
for New Economic Thinking
Reasoning about Rationality: Why Bubbles are both Banal
Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, Saclay
Counting stationary modes: a discrete view of geometry
Co-sponsored by the Fields Institute and Department of
Mathematics, University of Toronto
July 5, 2012
Steve Keen, University of Western
Why the crisis is not over
CHAZELLE, Princeton University
Why Algorithms Are Poised to Become the Language of
the Living World
(Video of the talk)
Just as physics speaks the language of mathematics, the new
sciences of the 21st century speak the language of algorithms.
The difference lies in the high descriptive complexity of
the systems commonly found in social and biological organisms.
While history plays virtually no role in physics, it is the
distinguishing feature of the living world. Algorithms provide
not only the expressivity needed to model complex living systems
but also the analytical tools for their analyses. This (self-contained)
talk will illustrate the power of "natural algorithms"
by examining broad families of agent-based systems for which
algorithmic tools can do what differential equations cannot.
Past Avner Magen Memorial Lectures
May 25, 2012
Institute for Advanced Study
July 11, 2011
Avner Magen Memorial Lecture Day