Nima Arkani-Hamed on the End of Spacetime

June 20, 2018
Watch Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed discuss the union of quantum mechanics and gravity, prospects for spacetime, and what a new picture for the universe may look like in a lecture given at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Ideas

IAS Founders on America and Higher Learning

“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.”

In the Media

Exiled in the U.S., a Lawyer Warns of ‘China’s Long Arm’

June 15, 2018
Teng Biao, a Chinese human rights lawyer and former Visitor in the School of Social Science, talks to the New York Times about China's influence in the West and the rising threat to international freedom and democracy.

In the Media

Travels Through Wormholes With Juan Maldacena

June 12, 2018
Watch an interview with Professor Juan Maldacena on string theory, wormholes, fashion in physics, and more.

On Deep Learning and Cognition

By Christopher Manning

In many fields, including computational linguistics, deep learning approaches have largely displaced earlier machine learning approaches, due to the superior performance they provide.

Nader Shah in Iranian Historiography

By Rudolph Matthee

Was Iranian ruler Nader Shah a ruthless warlord or a national hero? His reception in eighteenth-century Europe was as swift and dramatic as it was complex. The image it created—half brutal strongman, half national liberator—would significantly contribute to the image modern Iranians would construct of him.

Do Our Questions Create the World?

June 06, 2018
Scientific American profiles John Archibald Wheeler, former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, and his “it from bit” hypothesis, which anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality.

School of Social Science Releases Four Occasional Papers in Ongoing Series

June 18, 2018
A project of the School of Social Science, the Occasional Papers are versions of talks given at the School’s weekly seminar where Members present works-in-progress and take questions during lively conversation and debate.