Watch Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explain the important role that curiosity played in Albert Einstein's work, leading to discoveries that are everywhere around us, from lasers and nuclear energy to GPS. In this IAS Family Science Talk, Dijkgraaf shows how the spirit of Einstein's curiosity lives on at the Institute for Advanced Study and why “without Einstein we would literally all be lost.”
Alondra Nelson, Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, will join a forum discussion at the National Academy of Medicine's annual meeting on the societal implications of emerging science and technology in health and medicine, and the need for a multisectoral, collective governance framework to guide the development and adoption of new technologies.
On October 18, Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires. During the ceremony, Maldacena will give a lecture titled "Black Holes and Quantum Entanglement.”
IAS and its international partners have received a €10 million Synergy Grant to fund HistoGenes, a multidisciplinary study led by Professor Emeritus Patrick Geary and colleagues that unites a multidisciplinary team, including archaeologists, historians, and specialists in bioinformatics and isotope analysis, to examine the impact of migrations and mobility on the population of the Carpathian Basin from 400–900 C.E.
In a public lecture on October 25, Akshay Venkatesh, Robert and Luisa Fernholz Professor in the School of Mathematics, will explore the surprising parallels that exist between prime numbers and mathematical knots, how these abstract concepts relate, and what they tell us about mathematics and the world in which we live.
Teatime conversations, freedom, and discovery. Watch a new film about IAS that bridges the Institute’s history with the present day, conveying the timelessness and necessity of supporting curiosity-driven research.
Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and colleagues probe interactions between supermassive black holes and their stellar neighbors in a new study published by Physical Review Letters.
Congratulations to James Peebles, Member (1977–78) and Visitor (1990–91, 1998–99) in the School of Natural Sciences, who is cited for developing the theoretical framework that transformed cosmology over the last fifty years.
Writing for Frieze, Kira Thurman, Member in the School of Historical Studies, celebrates Jessye Norman (1945–2019), the African American soprano who, Thurman writes, “was a gift to art music and to those listeners who, like me, needed to know that it was perfectly fine to break the rules that others had put in place for us.”
Scientists had long known the connection between energy and time, but Noether was the first to theorize a systematic correspondence: symmetries and conservation laws are related, in general. The idea arose out of a debate between David Hilbert, Felix Klein, and Albert Einstein over the notion of energy in Einstein’s recently formulated general theory of relativity. Noether’s theorem not only laid this controversy to rest, but, due to its striking generality, has been widely used in many other fields of physics, perhaps most notably in the study of elementary particles.
After decades of retreat from the mainstream, economic history is making its way back to college curricula and scholarly publications. Today as always, present concerns stimulate academics’ choice of subject matter and approaches to historical inquiry.