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An Inside View of the Institute for Advanced Study

By Cédric Villani

The Fields Medal would be mine in 2010—or never. The pressure is enormous!  

To increase my chances of winning the medal, I must think solely and exclusively about a mathematical problem that will occupy me completely, body and soul. And here at the IAS, I’m in the ideal place to concentrate, following in the footsteps of the giants who came before me.

IAS News

April 4, 2020

Masks
The CDC has provided new guidance recommending that everyone wear cloth masks in public. This is to limit the risk of spread by people who are infected, but are not yet showing symptoms.

Click here for links to instructions for making your own masks, including a no-sew mask made from regular household items.

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, effective 9 pm that day. In response, IAS has closed everything but Member Housing, including offices and campus buildings.

Read more.

Ideas

By Olga Holtz

An academic Eden where you could do mathematics, uninterrupted by worries about money or sour cream. Was that even real? It sounded exotic, thrilling, fantastic. But of course I could never get there––how could I?

Ideas

Over the years, the Woods have provided a place for contemplation and discussion for generations of Institute scholars from Albert Einstein onwards.

Ideas

By Marisa Bass

Why did polymath Joris Hoefnagel, in the midst of the Dutch Revolt, produce an illustrated volume of hundreds of insects?

By Scott Tremaine

Laboratory study of a macroscopic black hole is impossible with current or foreseeable technology, so the only way to test these predictions of Einstein’s theory is to find black holes in the heavens. Not surprisingly, isolated black holes are difficult to see. 

Ideas

Black holes were thought to be something that existed somewhere else in the universe and were produced by the four-dimensional gravity that we experience. Now we can associate them to a physical system that does not contain gravity.

Ideas

By Christopher S. Wood

The world is emergent and always unfolding in time. Painting has difficulty representing this kind of time. The portrait tries to do that, paradoxically, by representing the individual fixed in his­torical time. 

Joan Breton Connelly

By Joan Breton Connelly

On how the Parthenon sculptures conveyed genealogical myths that answered for the Athenians the most basic human questions and established frameworks for understanding the distant past