
Speaker: Mike Douglas (Harvard CMSA) and Anurag Anshu (Harvard Computer Science)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 12/5/2023Venue: Common Room, CMSACMSA Q and A Seminar Speakers: Mike Douglas (Harvard CMSA) and Anurag Anshu (Harvard Computer Science) Topics: Mike Douglas: What are scaling laws in deep learning? Anurag Anshu: What’s the difference between classical information theory and quantum information theory (or classical computation vs quantum computation)? 

Speaker: Michael Hopkins (Harvard Math) and Minhea Popa (Harvard Math)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 11/7/2023Venue: Common Room, CMSACMSA Q and A Seminar Speakers: Michael Hopkins (Harvard Math) and Minhea Popa (Harvard Math) Topics: Mike Hopkins: What are topological modular forms? Mihnea Popa: What is the abundance conjecture and why should it to be true? 

Speaker: Xi Yin (Harvard Physics) and Peter Kronheimer (Harvard Math)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 10/24/23Venue: Common Room, CMSACMSA Q and A Seminar Speakers: Xi Yin (Harvard Physics) and Peter Kronheimer (Harvard Math) Topics: Xi Yin: What is string field theory? Peter Kronheimer: What is SeibergWitten theory? 

Speaker: Dan Freed (Harvard Math and CMSA) and Sunghyuk Park (CMSA)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 10/10/23Venue: Common Room, CMSACMSA Q and A Seminar Speakers: Dan Freed (Harvard Math and CMSA) and Sunghyuk Park (CMSA) Topics: Dan Freed: What is DijkgraafWitten theory? Sunghyuk Park: What happened at the Clay Math Institute Workshop? 

Speaker: Dan Freed (Harvard Math and CMSA) and Dan BerwickEvans (UIUC)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 10/3/2023Venue: Common Room, CMSACMSA Q and A Seminar Speakers: Dan Freed (Harvard Math & CMSA) and Dan BerwickEvans (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign) Topics: Dan Freed: What is framing anomaly? How is it different from other anomalies? Dan BerwickEvans: What is AtiyahSinger index theorem? 

Speaker: Michael Douglas (CMSA) and Mayuko Yamashita (Kyoto University)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 9/26/2023Venue: Common Room, CMSACMSA Q and A Seminar Speakers: Michael Douglas (CMSA) and Mayuko Yamashita (Kyoto University) Topics: Michael Douglas: “What is noncommutative field theory?” Mayuko Yamashita: “What is differential cohomology?” 

Speaker: Dan Freed (Harvard Math and CMSA), Denis Auroux (Harvard Math)Title: CMSA Q and A Seminar 9/19/2023Venue: Common Room, CMSASpeakers: Dan Freed (Harvard Math and CMSA), Denis Auroux (Harvard Math) 