In this issue of the Newsletter

The Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dava Sobel

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics was honored to host celebrated author Dava Sobel last spring for the Della Pietra Lecture Series. Read More…

Celebrating 20 Years: The Simons Summer Workshop

The 20th Simons Physics Summer Workshop (originally called the Simons Summer Workshop in Mathematics and Physics) was a celebration of the 19 successful workshops that preceded it. Read more…

The Problem of Monopole Scattering: And It’s Modern Symmetry Resolution. By Marieke van Beest and Diego Delmastro

The Problem of Monopole Scattering. And It’s Modern Symmetry Resolution. By Marieke van Beest and Diego Delmastro, Research Assistant Professors, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University

On Hyperkähler Geometry. By Ljudmila Kamenova

On Hyperkähler Geometry. By Ljudmila Kamenova, Research Associate Professor, Stony Brook University, Mathematics Department

The Everests of Mathematics. A Conversation with Phillip Griffiths

Ron Donagi and Phillip Griffiths visited the Simons Center in April, 2023, for the Simons collaboration conference on Homological Mirror Symmetry. Crossing paths once again, they took the opportunity for a conversation about their early days at Harvard, Griffiths work in Hodge theory, his role as Director of the Institute of Advanced Study and initiative promoting science in developing countries, and the future of interdisciplinary mathematics.

Black hole physics from strongly coupled thermal dynamics: May 12 – June 13, 2025

Organized by: Sera Cremonini ( Lehigh University) Robin Karlsson (CERN) Pavel Kovtun (University of Victoria) Hong Liu (MIT) Andrei Parnachev (Trinity College Dublin) There have been exciting recent advancements in various aspects of holography, black hole physics, and thermal quantum matter. This progress underscores the need for a platform where researchers from these fields can … Read more

Black hole physics from strongly coupled thermal dynamics: June 2-6, 2025

Organized by: Sera Cremonini ( Lehigh University) Robin Karlsson (CERN) Pavel Kovtun (University of Victoria) Hong Liu (MIT) Andrei Parnachev (Trinity College Dublin) There have been exciting recent advancements in various aspects of holography, black hole physics, and thermal quantum matter. This progress underscores the need for a platform where researchers from these fields can … Read more

Gauge Theory and Floer Homology in Low Dimensional Topology: April 28 – May 2, 2025

Organized by: David Auckly (Kansas State) Aliakbar Daemi (Washington Univ-St Louis) Olga Plamenevskaya (Stony Brook University) Daniel Ruberman (Brandeis) Nikolai Saveliev (University of Miami) In the 1980s, Donaldson introduced methods of Yang–Mills gauge theory in topology, with remarkable applications. By the 1990s, research largely shifted away from Donaldson theory to Seiberg–Witten theory, and, a few … Read more

Hyperbolic & Dispersive Equations on Curved Geometries: Connections to Physics and General Relativity: April 7-11, 2025

Organized by: Elena Giorgi (Columbia University) Alexandru Ionescu (Princeton University) Avy Soffer (Rutgers University) Maxime Van de Moortel (Rutgers University) This workshop will bring together leaders in the fields of Hyperbolic & Dispersive PDEs and General Relativity. The latter group comprises influential figures from both Mathematics and Physics communities. Our overarching objective is two-fold: to … Read more

Quantum information dynamics and non-equilibrium quantum matter: December 2-6, 2024

Organized by: Meng Cheng (Yale University) Chao-Ming Jian (Cornell University) Nathanan Tantivasadakarn (Caltech) Romain Vasseur (University of Massachusetts Amherst Dominic Williamson, University of Sydney and IBM) The central goal of quantum matter research is to discover and decipher the universal collective behavior of quantum many-body systems, captured by the notion of quantum phases. A common … Read more

Murmurations in Arithmetic Geometry and Related Topics: November 11-15, 2024

Organized by: Yang-Hui He (London Institute for Mathematical Sciences) Abhiram Kidambi (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Leipzig) Kyu-Hwan Lee (University of Connecticut) Thomas Oliver (University of Westminster) Mathematicians have studied elliptic curves for many decades, owing to their beautiful abstract structure, powerful applications in number theory and algebraic geometry, and practical relevance in cryptography. It … Read more

Exact approaches to low-supersymmetry AdS/CFT: October 21-25, 2024

Organized by: Ben Hoare (Durham University) Charlotte Kristjansen (Niels Bohr Institute) Andrew O’Bannon (SUNY Old Westbury) Alessandro Sfondrini (Padova University) Daniel C. Thompson (Swansea University) Exactly-solvable models are a cornerstone of theoretical physics: they allow a detailed understanding of new phenomena and provide the starting point for all approximations and numerics. These models have long … Read more

Energy Operators in Participle Physics, Quantum Field Theory and Gravity: December 16-20, 2024

Organized by: Thomas Hartman (Cornell) Zohar Komargodski (SCGP) Gregoire Mathys (EPFL) Ian Moult (Yale) This workshop will explore the recent developments in the study of energy operators in particle physics, Quantum Field Theory (QFT) and gravity. In particle physics, correlation functions of energy operators are collider physics observables used for precision measurements of parameters of … Read more

Recent Developments on Mixing Times : August 26-30, 2024

Organized by: Evita Nestoridi ( Stony Brook University) Dominik Schmid ( Bonn University) Markov chains serve as indispensable tools for generating random structures, such as graph colorings, vector space bases, and polygon triangulations. Mixing times capture the temporal evolution towards equilibrium. Of particular interest is the abrupt transition from unmixed to mixed – the cutoff … Read more

Guest Lecture–Book Talk. Robert P. Crease: “The Leak: Politics, Activists, and Loss of Trust at Brookhaven National Laboratory”

Robert P. Crease The Leak: Politics, Activists, and Loss of Trust at Brookhaven National Laboratory Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 5:00 pm Simons Center Lecture Hall 102 A quarter-century ago, a nonhazardous leak led to permanent closure of a valuable research reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The campaign to terminate it included conspiracy theories, misinformation, and … Read more