In the Media

January 18, 2017
"The dearth of lawmakers who bring a scientific perspective to national issues of energy, climate change, national security, and technology deeply concern me as a scientist and as an American," writes Rush Holt, Director's Visitor (2014–15) at the Institute and CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ideas

The Veil and French Republicanism

By Joan Wallach Scott

From its first usage in 1871 by anti-clerical campaigners, the word laïcité has been a polemical term; then it was aimed at ending the public power of the Catholic Church, now it is used to define a Frenchness that excludes Muslims. 
January 19, 2017
Steven Weinberg writes in the New York Review of Books of the weirdness of quantum mechanics. Its development in the first decades of the twentieth century came as a shock to many physicists, including those connected to IAS whose work contributed to its evolution––Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr, Boris Podolsky, Nathan Rosen, and Lawrence Krauss. Today, despite the great successes of quantum mechanics, arguments continue about its meaning, and its future. 

Video

World Disorder Lecture Series: Lawless Economy?

By Bill Browder

I got the telephone call at 7:45 a.m. the next morning that Sergei Magnitsky had been murdered. . . . I thought they had to do something. Instead, Putin circled the wagons, exonerated every single person involved, and gave state honors and promotions to the people most complicit. It became obvious we wouldn’t get justice in Russia, so we decided to get justice outside of Russia. 

In the Media

January 19, 2017
Robert D. Hough, Member (2015–16) in the School of Mathematics, received the David P. Robbins Prize for novel research in algebra and combinatorics. His paper, “Solution of minimum modulus for covering systems,” published in Annals of Mathematics, provides proof for a problem introduced by Paul Erdös, Member (1938–39, 1939–40) in the School of Mathematics, in the 1930s.