John von Neumann Lecture 2020

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***THE EVENT TOOK PLACE AS A WEBINAR DUE TO COVID-19***

 

John von Neumann (Johnny) was one of the great minds of the past century whose work has continued to shape research and entire disciplines. He studied chemical engineering at ETH Zurich from 1923 to 1926. See The Unparalleled Genius of John von Neumann for an article about his life.

Starting this year, John von Neumann Lectures will be held in Zurich annually to remember and honor his contributions to science. The inaugural John von Neumann Lecture is on game theory and economics, a discipline he first unilaterally and then jointly with Oskar Morgenstern pioneered during the 1930s and 1940s resulting in publication of the path-breaking book Theory of Games and Economic Behavior in 1944. It is held by Hervé Moulin, one of the great game theorists today. Sarah Springman, Rector of ETH Zurich, will introduce the speaker, and Hans Gersbach (ETH Zurich) and Marek Pycia (UZH) will serve as panellists.