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Video: Lens of Computation on the Sciences

A workshop organized by Avi Wigderson

Published 2014

Welcome - Robbert Dijkgraaf

What do quantum interference, flocking of birds, Facebook communities, and stock prices have in common? 

Many natural and social phenomena may be viewed as inherently computational; they evolve patterns of information that can be described algorithmically and studied through computational models and techniques. This workshop on the computational lens, organized by Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics, highlights the state-of-art and future challenges of this interaction of computational theory with physics, social sciences, economics, and biology.

Welcome by Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor

Introduction by Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics

The Computational Universe by Leslie Valiant, Harvard University

Theoretical Computer Science and Economics by Tim Roughgarden, Stanford University

Computational Phenomena in Social Interaction by Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

Computational Phenomena in Physics by Scott Aaronson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology