initiated by Paul Ehrenfest in 1912
currently organized by Ana Achúcarro & Luca Giomi (read about its history)

Dinner participants: 85


Paul Ginsparg


December 12

7:30 p.m.


At a Physics/Infosci intersection

I will give a very brief sociological overview of the current metastable state of scholarly research communication, and then a technical discussion of the practical implications of literature and usage data considered as computable objects, using arXiv as exemplar. Automated machine learning has provided an effective and scalable methodology for daily quality control of the physics research information feed. From the physics standpoint, there is a surprising amount of statistical mechanics in text-mining and machine learning.

The Colloquium Ehrenfestii takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 19:30 hours in the main auditorium of the Oort building. Before the Colloquium, there is a common dinner in the canteen located on the ground floor of the Oort building. This dinner starts at 18:00 hours sharp and is free of charge, under the condition that one attends the colloquium and that one has made a reservation before noon on the Tuesday preceding the colloquium.

Recent colloquia have been recorded.

Meal registrations may close earlier, when 80 persons have signed up.

Colloquium Ehrenfestii Program 2018

17 Jan

Dirk Morr (Chicago)

The ubiquity of topology: of superconductors and heavy fermions

07 Feb

Ed Copeland (Nottingham)

Attempts to explain our accelerating universe - from dark energy to modified gravity and from cosmological to atomic scales

18 Apr

Stefan Maier (Imperial College, London)

Plasmonic and dielectric nanocavities for enhancing light/matter interactions and nanolocalized chemistry

16 May

Tom Lubensky (Lorentz Professor)

Metamaterials and Topological Mechanics

13 Jun

Hong Liu (MIT)

The reasonable and unreasonable effectiveness of hydrodynamics in exotic quantum matter

26 Sep

Sean Carroll (Caltech)

Extracting the Universe from the Wave Function

17 Oct

Itamar Procaccia (Weizmann)

Catastrophic Failure of Amorphous Solids

14 Nov

Marc M├ęzard (ENS Paris)

Statistical inference and statistical physics

21 Nov

Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study)

Wormholes and entangled states

12 Dec

Paul Ginsparg (Cornell)

At a Physics/Infosci intersection

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