Ideas

IAS Founders on America and Higher Learning

“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.”

Ideas

Truth and Beauty: The History of the IAS Seal

By Irving Lavin and Marilyn Aronberg Lavin

While the association of Truth and Beauty with the program of the Institute may seem obvious and natural to us today, it certainly was not when Flexner made the association.

In the Media

Travels Through Wormholes With Juan Maldacena

June 12, 2018
Watch an interview with Professor Juan Maldacena on string theory, wormholes, fashion in physics, and more.

On Deep Learning and Cognition

By Christopher Manning

In many fields, including computational linguistics, deep learning approaches have largely displaced earlier machine learning approaches, due to the superior performance they provide.

Nader Shah in Iranian Historiography

By Rudolph Matthee

Was Iranian ruler Nader Shah a ruthless warlord or a national hero? His reception in eighteenth-century Europe was as swift and dramatic as it was complex. The image it created—half brutal strongman, half national liberator—would significantly contribute to the image modern Iranians would construct of him.

In the Media

Do Our Questions Create the World?

June 06, 2018
Scientific American profiles John Archibald Wheeler, former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, and his “it from bit” hypothesis, which anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality.

Ellsworth Kelly’s Dream of Impersonality

By Yve-Alain Bois

I think there is no better introduction to Kelly’s work than his earlier years in Paris, especially when it comes to understanding why things that look apparently very simple are in fact much more complex than they seem. This is something that we easily accept from science—no one doubts that the hyper-simple equation E=mc2 is the tip of an immensely complicated iceberg—but we usually have a harder time accepting it from art.