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Wigderson to present 'computational' worldview, Feb. 13-15

Computer scientist and mathematician Avi Wigderson will deliver a series of three lectures titled "A Worldview Through the Computational Lens" at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 13-15, in McCosh 50.

Wigderson is the Herbert H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study and has served as a visiting lecturer at Princeton, where he earned his Ph.D. in computer science in 1983. His research focuses on complexity theory, algorithms, randomness and cryptography.

The lecture series will focus on the algorithm as the key to understanding phenomena throughout nature, structures in mathematics and the limits of computer technology. The talks will cover the following topics: "Algorithm: A Common Language for Nature, Man and Computer"; "Time, Space and the Cosmology of Computational Problems"; and "Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust."

Wigderson was a faculty member at Hebrew University before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in 1999. He received the International Congress of Mathematicians' Nevanlinna Prize in 1994 for his work on computational complexity.

The talks are designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem lectures and are sponsored by the University Public Lecture series and Princeton University Press.

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