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TIMELESS AND BORDERLESS ADVENTURE: Conversation with Cumrun Vafa

Professor of Physics, Harvard University Chairman of the SCGP Board of Trustees Interview by Maria Shtilmark   The recipients of the 2017 Breakthrough Prizes were announced on December 4th, 2016, marking the organization’s fifth anniversary recognizing top achievements in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics. Dr. Cumrun Vafa, along with Drs. Joseph Polchinski and Andrew […]

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MULTI-FACETED SUCCESS: Conversation with Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith

Director of Energy Research, Oxford University President SESAME Council Interview by Maria Shtilmark Thank you so much for the fantastic talks you gave at the Simons Center. The Della Pietra lecture  series has also hosted David Gross, with whom you have written your article “High Energy Neutrino-Nucleon Scattering, Current Algebra and Partons,”[1] which resulted in […]

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THE MAGIC OF STRING THEORY

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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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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A True Gentleman. Conversation with Tony Phillips

After 50 years with the Stony Brook Math Department Anthony V. Phillips has officially become Professor Emeritus as of May 31, 2016. The following interview features toasts presented at the farewell tea, held in the Math Department Common Room to celebrate Tony’s life at Stony Brook University. Interview by Maria Shtilmark Was the farewell tea party a […]

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Lorraine Walsh, Art Program Director, organizes a student field trip to view Zimoun’s collaborative exhibitions

February 25th, 2015 The Simons Center bus trip to view Zimoun’s art began with his solo exhibition at the Simons Center Gallery. The students then visited Zimoun’s exhibits at the alternative art space Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens and ended at Bitforms Gallery, NYC. The students from Lorraine Walsh’s Museum Studies class were joined by […]

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Congratulations to Simons Donaldson, Winner of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics: Symposium Panel Videos Now Available

View videos from the mathematics track at the Breakthrough Prize Symposium: The symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. Panel: Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao, Richard Taylor and Yuri Milner (http://media.scgp.stonybrook.edu/video/video.php?f=20141215_2_qtp.mp4) Watch Simon’s video here:  http://media.scgp.stonybrook.edu/video/video.php?f=20141215_3_qtp.mp4 Simon Donaldson, permanent member of the Simons […]

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