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Karen Uhlenbeck

Karen Uhlenbeck, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute and cofounder of the Women and Mathematics Program to recruit and retain more women in mathematics, spoke with IAS’s Distinguished Journalism Fellow Joanne Lipman about her pioneering path.

IAS News

May 29, 2020

Masks
On April 8, 2020, N.J. Governor Phil Murphy announced that stores across New Jersey must require that their shoppers wear face coverings or masks. How to make a simple mask

Social Distancing
Princeton Nassau Pediatrics strongly recommends against children from different households having playdates, even outdoors.

IAS Closure and Stay at Home Order
On March 21, 2020, N.J. Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide Stay at Home Order that closed non-essential businesses. In response, IAS has closed everything but Member Housing, including offices and campus buildings.

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By Abraham Flexner

We make ourselves no promises, but we cherish the hope that the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge will prove to have consequences in the future as in the past. Not for a moment, however, do we defend the Institute on that ground. It exists as a paradise for scholars who, like poets and musicians, have won the right to do as they please and who accomplish most when enabled to do so.

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Shaw Prize
May 21, 2020

The 2020 Shaw Prize in Astronomy has been awarded to former Member Roger Blandford, and the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences has been awarded jointly to former Member and Visitor Alexander Beilinson and former Distinguished Visiting Professor and Visitor David Kazhdan.

Ideas

By Steven L. Batterson

When the Institute opened on October 2, 1933, its Faculty consisted of (clockwise from top left) Oswald Veblen, Albert Einstein, Hermann Weyl, James Alexander (in the driver’s seat with Solomon Lefschetz of Princeton University), and John von Neumann.
Sanjeev Arora

Sanjeev Arora, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, specializes in the theory of deep learning, with an interest in natural language processing and privacy. He speaks with IAS's Joanne Lipman about why deep learning is a “black box,” and navigating ethical issues of bias and privacy.

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"Plague in an Ancient City" by Michael Sweerts

Is history repeating itself? Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics in the School of Historical Studies, talks with Joanne Lipman, IAS Distinguished Journalism Fellow, about the parallels between ancient plagues and today’s Covid pandemic.

By Irving Lavin and Marilyn Aronberg Lavin

The need for an official Institute seal was one of the first things that Abraham Flexner, founding Director of the Institute, turned his attention to even before preliminary financial and practical arrangements were in place. [...] The radical nature of Flexner’s twinning of science and humanism with truth and beauty arose in part from the radical nature of his concept for a “modern” university.

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.