January 29, 2023

The Nathan and Beatrice Keyfitz Lectures in Mathematics and the Social Sciences

A Public Lecture Series

The Fields Institute is pleased to announce a series of public lectures on the topic of "mathematics and the social sciences". These lectures will be of interest to the university community as well as to individuals involved in public administration, economics, health policy, social and political science. The purpose of the series is both to inform the public of some of the ways quantitative methods are being used to design solutions to societal problems, and to encourage dialogue between mathematical and social scientists.

The lecture series will be held annually. Lecturers are selected by a distinguished international committee consisting of both mathematicians and social scientisits. All lectures are open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Spring 2016
Wolfgang Lutz
Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) / Director, World Population Program (IIASA)
Modelling human capital formation as the basis for assessing the benefits of education: A global perspective
November 3, 2014
Paul Milgrom
Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely, Jr. Professor in Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
Reallocating Radio Spectrum: A Hard Resource Allocation Problem

March 21, 2013 --6 p.m.
Douglas R. Hofstadter
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature, Indiana University
The Ubiquity of Analogy in Mathematical Thought

Location of Talk: HS 610, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street (map)

May 3, 2012
Stephen Fienberg, Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science
,Carnegie Mellon University
Counting the People

March 14, 2011
George Lakoff, Linguistics Dept, University of California Berkeley
The Cognitive and Neural Basis of Mathematics

April 15, 2010
Robert C. Merton, Harvard Business School |
Observations on the Science of Finance in the Practice of Finance: Past, Present, and Future
March 31, 2009
Maya Bar-Hillel Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Bible Code: Riddle and Solution
October 30, 2007
Jon Kleinberg,
Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University
The Geography of Social and Information Networks

Inaugural Lecture
May 8, 2007 -- 6:00 p.m.Joel E. Cohen,
Professor of Populations, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities, New York
How Many People Can the Earth Support? And How Do You Know That?


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