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 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.


Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography through Letters

By Freeman J. Dyson

"After my last letter to you I decided that what I needed was a long week-end away from Princeton, and so I persuaded Cécile Morette to come with me to see Feynman at Ithaca…" (Boston, 1 November 1948)

In the Media

Meet the Woman Who Wants to Solve the Universe's Mysteries

April 19, 2018
“On every physical scale that you look at, there are processes that make intricate and complex patterns that we see,” said Juna Kollmeier in an interview with National Geographic.

Joan Wallach Scott Receives Honorary Doctorate

April 13, 2018
The University of Edinburgh honors Professor Joan Wallach Scott in recognition of her distinguished contribution to critical history, gender studies, and academic freedom.

The Rise and Fall of a Jewish Kingdom in Arabia

By Glen W. Bowersock

In the part of Arabia known in antiquity as Himyar and corresponding today approximately with Yemen, the local population converted to Judaism at some point in the late fourth century, and by about 425 a Jewish kingdom had taken shape.