About Our Lectures
The Simons Foundation launched the Simons Foundation Lectures in 2013 with the intention of drawing area scientists and scholars together around diverse and important topics in mathematics, physics, computer science, life sciences and autism research.
Humanity has pondered the meaning and utility of randomness for millennia. A computational theory of randomness, developed in the past three decades, reveals (perhaps counterintuitively) that very little is lost in such deterministic or weakly random worlds. In this talk, Avi Wigderson will explain the main ideas and results of this theory.
In this lecture, Dr. Andrea Ghez will discuss the latest developments in the study of black holes, specifically how the environment around the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is quite different than astronomers expected. She will also describe how studying the orbits of stars at the galactic center could improve our understanding of gravity.