Newcomb Lectures


This lecture honors Simon Newcomb, an autodidact and polymath, appointed Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University in 1884, and editor of the American Journal of Mathematics for many years. A Rear-Admiral in the United State Navy, he was active in the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of which he was president in 1877. He wrote two books of economics, works that M. Friedman describes as “classics of economic science”, and J. M. Keynes as “one of those original works which a fresh scientific mind … is able to produce from time to time.” He was credited by Irving Fisher with the first-known enunciation of the quantity theory of money.

Newcomb was an enthusiastic participant in academic politics at Johns Hopkins and may have contributed to the departures of Richard Ely and C. S. Peirce from the University.

The Newcomb Lecturers need not necessarily be members of an economics department, but should be working on economic questions with a non-trivial mathematical content.

Simon Newcomb Lectures

Random works of art and an old black and white photo of Simon Newcomb

2018/19 – Maxwell B. Stinchcombe (University of Texas at Austin): “Models of Numbers: Pragmatics and Economic Theory”
Maxwell B. Stinchcombe is the E.C. McCarty Centennial Professor at University of Texas at Austin.
Lecture: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Title: “Models of Numbers: Pragmatics and Economic Theory”
Place: Canterbury South, Inn at the Colonnade
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.

2017/18 – Faruk Gül (Princeton): “Revealed Preference and Behavioral Economics”
Faruk Gül is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Economics at Princeton University.
Lecture: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Title: “Revealed Preference and Behavioral Economics”
Place: Room 50, Gilman Hall
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Picture Gallery

2014/15 – Rosa Matzkin (University of California, Los Angeles): “Unobservables in Economic Models”
Rosa Matzkin, the Charles E. Davidson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lecture: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Title: “Unobservables in Economic Models”
Place: Room 205, Krieger Hall
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.

2012/13 – Stephen Morris (Princeton): “Robust Strategic Analysis”
Stephen Morris is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics at Princeton University.
Lecture: Monday, October 1, 2012
Title: “Robust Strategic Analysis”
Place: Room 205, Krieger Hall
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Background Papers: Robust Predictions in Games with Incomplete Information,  Correlated Equilibrium in Games in Incomplete Information

2011/12 – Steve Durlauf (Wisconsin University): “The Social Economy”

2010/11 – Paul Milgrom (Stanford University): “Assignment Exchanges”

2009/10 – Alexander Ioffe (Technion): “Variational analysis and mathematical economics”

2008/09 – Rohit Parikh (Graduate Center at CUNY): “Social Software and the Logic of Knowledge”