Albert Einstein wrote his most famous works in 1905 while working in Bern, Switzerland. The Albert-Einstein Society Bern and the University of Bern initiated the Einstein Lectures in 2009. They take place every autumn and are given, in turn, by a physicist, a mathematician, and a philosopher, among them already two Nobel Prize laureates. This year the Einstein Lecturer is Professor Cédric Villani, Université de Lyon and Institut Henri Poincaré, who was awarded the Fields Medal 2010.

The Einstein Lectures consist of three lectures on October 28, 29, and 30, 2013 (Monday to Wednesday evening), which are independent of each other. The first and the last lecture are designed for a general audience; they are entitled "Of Triangles, Gas, Prices and Men" and "Stars, Particles and Probabilities: What is the Fate of Galaxies?". The second lecture "From Riemann to the Synthetic Theory of Ricci Curvature" is for a scientific audience.