In this public lecture, Stephanie Dick of the University of Pennsylvania will introduce different visions of the computer as a mathematical agent; the software that was crafted to animate those imaginings; and the novel practices and materialities of mathematical knowledge-making that emerged in tandem.
“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.”
Writing for the New Yorker, Director's Visitor (2017) Natalie Wolchover discusses the puzzles and paradoxes of contemporary science that point to "the need to reformulate the theories of modern physics in a new mathematical language," highlighting the work of Professor in the School of Natural Sciences Nima Arkani-Hamed.
"It's kind of like physics in its formative stages—Newton asking what makes the apple fall down," says Sanjeev Arora, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, explaining the current scientific excitement about machine learning.
Can a left populism strategy be crafted that would avoid the pitfalls of prior populist experiences? This is the central question explored in a panel, moderated by Bernard E. Harcourt, past Visting Professor in the School of Social Science, with Professor Didier Fassin and past School of Historical Studies Member Jan-Werner Mueller.
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?
Explore a visual and narrative look at the pioneering research at the Institute for Advanced Study, a community of international scholars and researchers, in our 2017–18 annual report that highlights the studies, discoveries, and collaborations throughout the year.
Professor Irving Lavin (1927–2019) was an art historian distinguished by his conviction that the study of the history of art was the study of the history of ideas. One of the ideas he found most exciting was that of the Institute for Advanced Study.
In the realm of politics, the value of freedom is collective and enabling. It makes it possible for men and women to join together and claim equal standing. Take political freedom away and equality becomes a lost project.
The Yemeni manuscript collections constitute a unique treasure trove for large segments of the Islamic intellectual tradition—Sunni as well as Shii—much of which has not survived anywhere else in the Islamic world.