Institute for Advanced Study

December 14, 2018
Ayelet Shachar, Member (2000–01) in the School of Social Science and Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, has been awarded a 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of multicultural societies. 

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“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.”

Video

Edward Witten lectures at the podium

The recent workshop "Quantum Information and the Structure of Spacetime" focused on quantum aspects of black holes, with an emphasis on applying ideas from quantum information theory. Speakers included Professor Edward Witten, Visting Professor (2015) Hirosi Ooguri, and Members past and present, including Ahmed Almheiri, Nima Lashkari, Thomas Faulkner, Veronika Hubeny, Andrew Strominger, and Herman Verlinde.

IAS News

December 10, 2018
John Hopfield, Martin A. and Helen Chooljian Visiting Professor in Biology from 2010 to 2013 and an active researcher in the IAS Simons Center for Systems Biology, is cited for applying concepts from theoretical physics to biological questions, with a significant impact on machine learning.
December 04, 2018
Duing a recent trip to the Netherlands, Robbert Dijkgraaf gave lectures on the future of life, technology, and information for the DWDD University television series. Additionally, Dijkgraaf was a keynote speaker at the Gala of Science 2018 presented by New Scientist, where he discussed some of the most current concepts in physics and astronomy.

Ideas

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 John J. Hopfield

Tornadoes are a high-level description of the motions of enormous numbers of interacting molecules. We want to understand how mind emerges from brain, just as we understand how tornadoes emerge from molecules.

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By Konrad Schmid

In light of more than two hundred years of scholarship, the most precise answer to this question still is: We don’t know. The tradition claims it was Moses, but the Torah itself says otherwise.