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Soucheng Zhang, George Sterman, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Jim and Marilyn Simons. Image courtesy Barbara Zhang.


By George Sterman, Director of the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics  On October 9 and 10, the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP) at Stony Brook University celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a symposium of talks by faculty and returning alumni, held at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. The Institute for […]

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Image courtesy Michael Green


Conversation with Michael Green, FRS, Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and a fellow in Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Interview by Maria Shtilmark You are a theoretical physicist, but the topic of the Simons Center workshop you spoke at was “Automorphic Forms, Mock Modular Forms and String Theory” (Aug 29-Sept […]

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John Morgan, Michael A. Bernstein, Jim Simons, Barbara Amonson, Vincent Della Pietra, Stephen Della Pietra, Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, Luis Alvarez-Gaume


By Maria Guetter  On November 17, 2016, Stony Brook University, and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, recognized long-time supporters, the Della Pietra family, by dedicating the Simons Center auditorium the “Della Pietra Family Auditorium.” An event was held to honor the family — brothers Vincent and Stephen Della Pietra, and their wives Barbara […]

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SCGP Spring 2016 Newsletter

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is pleased to announce the latest issue of SCGP News, a biannual publication which reflects the Center’s mission, scientific and cultural events. In this issue the Founding Director, John Morgan, recounts the Center’s early days, the power of transversality, and more. SCGP Professor Simon Donaldson contributes an elegant […]

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Two And Two Make Four. By Simon Donaldson

By Simon Donaldson If we have four objects—say A, B, C, D—there are just three ways of dividing them into pairs: (AB)(CD) (AC)(BD) (AD)(BC). The salient property is that 3 is less than 4. This simple fact expresses something special about the number 4. For example if we take 6 objects there are 10 ways to divide […]

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Martin Hairer

I JUST LIKE PINK FLOYD. Conversation with Martin Hairer, Regius Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematics Department of the University of Warwick

Interview by Maria Shtilmark Pleasure to welcome you at the Simons Center. You were able to not only come to the Center, but to be a sole organizer of the workshop on Stochastic Partial Differential Equations. What were the workshop’s highlights? We naturally focused on recent developments. I tried to invite participants from different directions, […]

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Along Came Magic. Della Pietra Lecture Series Featuring Tadashi Tokieda

The latest exciting edition of the Della Pietra Lecture Series was delivered by Professor Tadashi Tokieda, the Director of Studies in Mathematics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the Poincaré Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Stanford. By Maria Shtilmark Prof. Tokieda, who likes applying mathematics to physics, and also applying physics to mathematics, […]

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