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By Robbert Dijkgraaf

Nature is an important source of inspiration for mathematics, even of the purest kind. In recent years, ideas from quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and string theory have completely transformed mathematics.

In the Media

November 16, 2018
Social Science Member Daniel Aldana Cohen, writing for Dissent, discusses the ecological threat posed by Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, and how social movements must mobilize to meet that threat.

By Oscar Wallace Greenberg

After a pause, Oppenheimer completed his assessment of my paper by saying, “But I don’t believe a word of it!”

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By Stephen L. Adler

At first, work on axial-vector or chiral anomalies was considered to be quantum field theory esoterica, but it has turned out to have wide and continuing implications.

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By Jessica E Sewell

The mid-1950s saw the invention of a new, highly mythologized housing type, the bachelor pad. 

By Joan Wallach Scott

Why—despite decades (indeed centuries)—of social protest, policy initiatives, educational reform, nongovernmental organization activity, national and international legislation—does gender inequality persist? 

By Anne-Claire Defossez

How gender affects roles and positions