Ideas 2017–18

April 26, 2018 | 1:00 – 5:00pm
Join the Institute in celebrating Ideas 2017–18 with Clay CordovaEdward Witten, Shatema Threadcraft, Didier Fassin, Ian Jauslin, Thomas Spencer, Kathleen Coleman, and Angelos Chaniotis, on topics ranging from topology and physics to black death. The event concludes with a panel featuring Robbert DijkgraafNicola Di Cosmo, Johan Heilbron, June Huh, and Scott Tremaine. This event is open only to the IAS community and Friends of the Institute. Registration required.


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.”

Didier Fassin Receives NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award

April 20, 2018
Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has been recognized with the 2018 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award, which is presented to exceptional scientists in support of their exploration of unconventional academic paths. The first social scientist to receive the award, Fassin will use the award grant, nearly $2 million over five years, to implement a project that will analyze contemporary crises from a global perspective.


Machines: How Do They Learn and Where Are They Headed?

By Sanjeev Arora and Richard Zemel

Media and television shows speculate about a future with machines taking over, but is that a reality?


Public Lecture: The Cool Alter-Ego of a Black Hole

May 4, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:00pm
Black holes are fascinating objects predicted by the general theory of relativity. Quantum mechanics implies that they are not completely black. In this public talk, Juan Maldacena and Douglas Stanford will explain and review these results, discussing, as an example, how information sent using teleportation translates into a trip through a wormhole connecting two black holes.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Freeman Dyson, and Former Members to Speak at Caltech

April 05, 2018
In celebration of what would be Richard Feynman's 100th birthday, Caltech will host a special two-day event on May 11–12, featuring his friends and family and some of the top scientists of today, including Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson, Hirosi Ooguri, David Gross, Sara Seager, and Leonard Susskind.


The Fear of God: An Emotion and Its Contexts

By Angelos Chaniotis

In Greek religion, the encounter between mortals and gods was dominated by fear.


Avishai Margalit and Michael Walzer on Just War

Wars between states should never be total wars between nations or peoples...the two nations, the two peoples, must be functioning communities at the war’s end.

New York Public Library Author Talk: Freeman Dyson with Lisa Randall

April 20, 2018
Watch a video of Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in conversation with physicist and author Lisa Randall at the New York Public Library about his new book Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters, a personal and historic account of modern science.