“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.”
Christian Habicht was Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he served as Professor from 1973 until he retired in 1998. Habicht’s remarkable contributions to ancient history shed light on Athenian society in the centuries between the fall of the Athenian Empire and the establishment of the Roman Empire.
"A lot of the time when you do math, you're stuck. But at the same time, there are all these moments where you feel privileged that you get to work with it. And you have this sensation of transcendence. You feel like you've been part of something really meaningful," says 2018 Fields Medalist and IAS Faculty Appointee Akshay Venkatesh.
What do the bright flares of a star torn apart by a black hole reveal? Thirty years ago, former Member and current IAS Trustee Martin Rees predicted their use in detecting and studying black holes, and now former Member Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is among the astrophysicists working in the field.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will observes in the Washington Post that The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge by IAS founding Director Abraham Flexner and current Director Robbert Dijkgraaf “read in the right government places, might inoculate the nation against philistine utilitarianism.”
View lectures from the 2018 PiTP program “From Qubits to Spacetime” on topics ranging from the connections between quantum information and the structure of spacetime to quantum effects and black hole thermodynamics.
"How can we think of life in its dual expression—matter and experience, the living and the lived?" Using research conducted on three continents and engaging in critical dialogue with Wittgenstein, Benjamin, and Foucault, Professor Didier Fassin attempts to conceive of the biological and biographical together and thus reconcile naturalist and humanist approaches by developing three concepts: forms of life, ethics of life, and politics of life.