“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.”
The Institute is a remarkably modest place. Like all Members, I was provided a lovely apartment, a simple office (with computer), access to libraries, lunch in the dining hall, tea in the afternoon. So how does new knowledge come out of such a simple mix?
The Qurʾān defines itself as the last, perfect link in a chain of progressive divine revelations. How have Muslim scholars perceived and used—or avoided—the earlier scriptures of Judaism and Christianity?
"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 Professor Akshay Venkatesh.
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.
There are glimpses of truths that don’t immediately make sense, that are puzzles, that we see only vaguely from a distance, or that we can see just one facet of, and they may remain puzzles for our lifetimes and several more after; we may only catch a dim impression, a shadow of what they imply.