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October 18, 2018
Myles W. Jackson, newly appointed Professor in the School of Historical Studies, will give his first IAS public lecture. Jackson will discuss how the history of science can contribute to two controversial aspects of biomedical research: gene patenting and race and genomics.

Ideas

“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.”
October 15, 2018
Adrian Hamers, Peter Svennilson Member in the School of Natural Sciences, has won the Christiaan Huygens Prize in the field of space sciences for Hamers’s doctoral dissertation, which addresses fundamental problems in transcending areas within the dynamics of astronomical systems.

In the Media

October 19, 2018
The New Yorker calls the book "provocative," writing: "Fassin points to the force-feeding of hunger strikers in prisons to illustrate that merely keeping people alive is an insufficient stance to hold, when 'self-realization' is impossible without conditions that make life bearable."

Ideas

By George Dyson

The reason the von Neumann computer project was so successful, and its design so widely replicated, was not just that all technical details of the new machine were , , , but that there was temporary housing available, adjacent to the computer building, where visitors could stay while running their problems and learning about the new machine.

By Patrick J. Geary

The imagined unity of a people could derive from shared customs, language, a common law, and a belief in a common origin, whether or not this origin was factual.