KITP Conference: Kohn Science Symposium
(Dec 8, 2016)

Coordinators: Lars Bildsten, James Langer, Douglas Scalapino, and Robert Sugar
Sponsored by Friends of KITP
This one-day scientific symposium will celebrate the life of Professor Walter Kohn. The speakers will talk about future directions in theoretical physics as well as personal memories of Kohn's scientific accomplishments and his leadership as founding director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016

Session Chair: Lars Bildsten (KITP)

8:50am Lars Bildsten (KITP)
Jim Langer (UCSB)
Intro Remarks[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:00am Steve Kivelson (Stanford) Unconventional Superconductivity from the Kohn-Luttinger Perspective[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:40am Stephen Shenker (Stanford) Quantum Gravity and Quantum Chaos[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Morning Break

Session Chair: Bob Sugar (UCSB)

10:40am William Bialek (Princeton) The Physics of Life: How Much Can We Calculate?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:20am Gabriel Kotliar (Rutgers) Reference Frames for Correlated Materials: from the Kohn Sham System to Dynamical Mean Field Theory.[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm Pierre Hohenberg (NYU) What is Quantum Mechanics? A Minimal Formulation[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Lunch Break

Session Chair: James Langer (UCSB)

1:40pm Ann Mattsson (Sandia) What Walter Kohn Taught me About Density Functional Theory, Life, and the Scientific Process[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:20pm Kieron Burke (UC Irvine) Density Functional Theory: A Great Physics Success Story[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Coffee Break

Session Chair: Doug Scalapino (UCSB)

3:30pm Lu Sham (UCSD) The Importance of Density - from Kohn's Obsession to Many-body Theory of Real systems[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:10pm Andy Zangwill (Georgia Tech)
in absentia
The Life and Physics of Walter Kohn: Vienna to San Diego (presented by Jim Langer)[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:40pm Rabbi Steve Cohen Closing Remarks[Podcast][Aud][Cam]