 


The Mark Kac Memorial Lectures
To honor the founding Chairman of the CNLS External Advisory Committee, the Mark Kac Annual
Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1985 as a fitting and
continuing tribute to his lifelong commitment, not only to the
pursuit of scientific research of the highest quality, but also to
the broad dissemination of the results of this research.
2019 Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
2016 Jose Onuchic, Rice University
2015 Mehran Kardar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2014 Susan Coppersmith, University of WisconsinMadison
 Investigation of a Quantum Adiabetic Algorithm for Search Engine Ranking
Thursday, April 24, 2014, Physics Auditorium
 Progress Towards Quantum Dot Spin Qubits in Silicon
Monday, April 28, 2014, CNLS Conference Room (TA3, Bldg 1690)
 A Hybrid SpinChange Quantum Dot Qubit in Silicon
Monday, April 28, 2014, CNLS Conference Room (TA3, Bldg 1690)
2013 Joe Pedlosky, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
 The Structure of the Oceanic Thermocline and the Equatorial Undercurrent
Monday, April 15, 2013, Physics Auditorium
 Baroclinic Instability and the Meandering of Ocean Currents, Chaos and Associated
Spatial Contraction
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, CNLS Conference Room (TA3, Bldg 1690)
 The Circulation around Islands and Kelvin’s Theorem
Thursday, April 18, 2013, CNLS Conference Room (TA3, Bldg 1690)
2012 Paul Chaikin, New York University
 Classical Wigner Crystals on Flat and Curved Surfaces, Topological Defects, 'Pleats' and Particle
Monday, May 7, 2012, Physics Auditorium
 SelfReplication Without Life
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, Physics Auditorium
 Random Organization: Irreversibility & Collisions, a Dynamic Phase Transition
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, CNLS Conference Room (TA3, Bldg 1690)
2011 Subir Sachdev, Harvard University
2010 Robert Austin, Princeton University
2009 James S. Langer, University of California at Santa Barbara
2008 Michael Fisher, University of Maryland
2007 David R. Nelson, Harvard University
2006 Peter Wolynes, University of California San Diego
 The Theory of Glasses
 Recent Suceesses of the Energy Landscape Theory of Protein Folding
 Quantum Many Body Chaos: Energy Flow in Molecules
2005 Leo Kadanoff, University of Chicago
 Excellence in Computer Simulations
 Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck
 Loewner Evolution: Maps and Shapes in Two Dimensions
2004 David Thouless, University of Washington
 Topological Quantum Numbers
 Quantized vortices in superfluids and superconductors
 Dynamics in the presence of noise: How special is the Boltzmann distribution
2002 Alex Müller, IBM Zurich
 Fifteen Years After the Discovery of Superconductivity in the Cuprates
 On the Macroscopic Superconductivity s and dwave Symmetry in Cuprate SuperConductors
2001 John Hopfield, California Institute of Technology
 Neurobiology as a Dynamical Systems: Introduction to 'Neural' Computing
 Perception in a World Made of 'Objects'
 Collective Oscillations and Effective Computing Primitives: What is a Moment
2000 Guenter Ahlers, University of California Santa Barbara
 Turbulent Heat Transport in Fluids Heated from Below
 Pattern Formation Near Onset of RayleighBenard Convection: Some Simple Unexplained Results
 Critical Phenomena Near Bifurcations in Systems Far From Equilibrium
1999 Richard Garwin, IBM Watson Research Center
 Ballistic Missile Defense
 Nuclear Power
1998 Isadore Singer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 AtiyahSiner Index Theorem and Its Recent Applications
1996 Edward Spiegel, Columbia University
 Staryoli Waves in the Natural Sciences
 Patterns of Propogating Pulses
 Waves of Solar Activity
 Bifurcation of Species
1995 Joseph Keller, Stanford University
 Wave Propogation
 Semiclassical Mechanics
 Nonreflecting Boundary Conditions
1994 Pierre Hohenberg, AT&T Bell Laboratories
 Topics in Nonequilibrium Pattern Formation: Spatiotemporal Chaos
 Fluctuations and Noise in Pattern Forming Systems
 Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures in the Complex GinzburgLandau Equation in One Dimension
1993 Israel Gelfand, Rutgers University
 Some Special Questions of Spectral Theory and Integrable Systems
1992 Nancy Kopell, Boston University
 Rhythms and Clues: Mathware for Wetware: Chains of Oscillators and Undulatory Swimming
 Rhythms and Clues, Geometry and Biophysics: Which Differences Make a Difference?
 A Geometric View of Singular Perturbations: Case Studies
1991 Harry Swinney, University of Texas, Austin
 Observations of Chaos and Pattern Formation: Laboratory Model of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter
 Observations of Chaos and Pattern Formation: Chemical Pinwheels, Spirals and Crystals
 Observations of Chaos and Pattern Formation: Instabilities and Turbulence in Flow between Concentric Rotating Cylinders
1990 Alan Newell, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona
1989 Philip Holmes, Cornell University
 Poincare, Celestial Mechanics, Dynamical Systems Theory and Chaos
 Can Dynamical Systems Approach Turbulence?
1988 Jerry P. Gollub, Haverford College
 Nonlinear Dynamics of Interacting Waves: Symmetry and Multiple Bifurcations
 Transport Processes and Flow Patterns in Convecting Fluids
 Pattern Formation at the Liquid/Solid Interface
1987 Joseph Ford, Georgia Institute of Technology
 The FermiPastaUlam Problem: Past Becomes the Future: Paradox Becomes Discovery
 What is Chaos, That We Should Be Mindful of It?
 Chaos: Solving the Unsolvable; Predicting the Unpredictable!
1986 Joel L. Lebowitz, Rutgers Univ.
 From Determinism to Chance and Back Again: Microscopic and Macroscopic Time Evolutions
