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Artist's representation of Nils Barricelli
July 15, 2019

Writing for Nautilus, Robert Hackett tells the story of Nils Barricelli, the first theoretical biologist to come to the Institute. Barricelli came to IAS as a Member in 1952 to work on John von Neumann's Electronic Computer Project where, using punchcards, he simulated evolutionary processes using the computer that von Neumann built at IAS.


“We feel strongly that the spirit characteristic of America at its noblest, above all the pursuit of higher learning, cannot admit of any conditions as to personnel other than those designed to promote the objects for which this institution is established, and particularly with no regard whatever to accidents of race, creed, or sex.”

IAS News

July 15, 2019

The Strings 2019 conference held July 9–13, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, featured talks with Director Robbert Dijkgraaf; School of Natural Sciences Professors Juan Maldacena, Edward Witten, Nima Arkani-Hamed, and Nathan Seiberg; and IAS scholars past and present. 

IAS News

Tracy Slatyer lectures in Bloomberg Lecture Hall
July 12, 2019

Tracy Slatyer, Junior Visiting Professor (2018–19) and Member (2010–13) in the School of Natural Sciences, Thomas Hartman, Member (2010–13) in the School, and Lillian B. Pierce, von Neumann Fellow (2017–18) in the School of Mathematics, have been named recipients of the the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. 

In the Media

May 28, 2019

The New Yorker reviews Democracy and Truth by former Member Sophia Rosenfeld: “Rosenfeld’s conclusion is sobering: even if the relationship between democracy and truth has long been vexed, the crisis facing Western democracies today is distinctly new.”

June 19, 2019

The Institute for Advanced Study ranks fourth in Nature's normalized analysis of the institutions that dominate research in the natural sciences, revealing those who are “punching above their weight in producing high-quality research.” The article cites as an example the cross-disciplinary analysis of ancient cemeteries led by Patrick J. Geary, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies.


By Raúl Rabadán

I arrived at the Institute for Advanced Study in October 2003, after spending two years as a fellow at CERN in Geneva. . . . It became clear to me that biology was experiencing a revolutionary expansion, with large amounts of unexplored data and the urgent need for theoretical understanding.


By Elizabeth Bernstein

How do three different regulatory models, decriminalization, criminalization, and legalization, affect the complex dynamics of sexual commerce?


By Scott Tremaine

Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, discusses our galaxy's black hole, Sagittarius A*, covering what we know, what we hope to learn, and the techniques being used to study this exotic object.


"I would say my entire career as a biologist developed here," says Harlan Robins, who was a trained physicist specializing in physics when he arrived at the Institute as a Member in systems biology. 

By Myles W. Jackson and Arnold J. Levine

What can the history of science contribute to two controversial aspects of biomedical research: gene patenting, and race and genomics?