Emmy Noether’s Contribution to Physics

Symmetry and Conservation Laws

In 1990, Karen Uhlenbeck, 2019 Abel Prize Laureate, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, and co-founder of the Institute’s Women and Mathematics Program, became the second woman to give a Plenary Lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians. In this video, Uhlenbeck explores the influence of Emmy Noether, one of the first Visitors at the Institute from 1933–35, and the first woman to deliver a Plenary Lecture in 1932.

Uhlenbeck’s lecture "Symmetry and Conservation Laws: Noether’s Contribution to Physics" is one of several lectures celebrating Noether’s work and life held at IAS on May 6, 2016.

Watch Uhlenbeck’s lecture in the window above, or on the IAS YouTube page.