Deep learning practitioners and theorists convene at IAS for a 4-day workshop to discuss progress and to identify avenues where deep learning theory is possible and useful. Topics will include adaptivity and generalization in deep learning, dimensionality and mode collapse, and neural networks.Watch the live stream
Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, with researchers from the American University of Beirut and Leiden University, probe the interactions between supermassive black holes and their stellar neighbors in a new study published by Physical Review Letters.
In a talk geared toward children 8 and up, Robbert Dijkgraaf will explore the role curiosity played in Einstein's work, leading to discoveries such as lasers, nuclear energy, and GPS, and why “without Einstein we would literally all be lost.” The talk will be livestreamed.
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 be a black woman who loved Gustav Mahler, and to break the rules that others had put in place for us.”
IAS and its international partners have received a €10 million Synergy Grant from the European Research Council to fund a multidisciplinary study, led by Professor Emeritus Patrick Geary and colleagues, that aims to examine more than 100 medieval cemeteries and some 6,000 ancient burial sites across central and eastern Europe. The project, HistoGenes, 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.
Congratulations to James Peebles, Member (1977–78) and Visitor (1990–91, 1998–99) in the School of Natural Sciences, who received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. Peebles is cited for insights that have laid a foundation for the transformation of cosmology over the last fifty years: “His theoretical framework, developed since the mid-1960s, is the basis of our contemporary ideas about the universe.”
Distinguished Visiting Professor Karen Uhlenbeck has been named a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics “for her groundbreaking and profound contributions to modern geometric analysis; . . . for a lifetime of breaking barriers; and for being the first woman to win the Abel Prize.”
“Myths about venture capital stand in the way of democratic deliberation about how our society might direct the socially generated surplus of today's economy towards building a better economy for the future,” says Julia Ott, Member in the School of Social Science, who is examining the origins of venture capital as an idea, as a form of investment, and as an organized industry.
“My research offers scholars, activists, and community organizers a new way to see race—as a rhetorical practice with historical roots that extend back well beyond the periods of Enlightenment science and American slavery to which it is often attached,” saysCord J. Whitaker, Member in the School of Historical Studies, who is examining the history and development of race and racism in medieval English literature.
Einstein’s actions did not by themselves cause McCarthy’s downfall. But they certainly facilitated it by reaffirming essential principles that date back to the Enlightenment and by empowering many others to keep up the continuing fight to protect democracy.
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.
“[T]here’s this thing out there that we’re not inventing but discovering. And because of that all you have to do is get somewhere in the neighborhood of the truth. You don’t have to get particularly close to it, you just have to know that it’s there and then you have to not fight it and just let it drag you in toward itself.”
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.