“So long as there are secrets, whistle-blowing will remain a necessary activity,” writes Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science. “Whistleblowers have a role to play in a democratic political universe. But it is an unofficial role, and one must recognize both its possible value and its possible dangers.”
“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.”
From the Banned Countries, a film series curated by the Schools of Social Science and Historical Studies, continues with Stronger Than Bullets. Matthew Millan, the director of the film, will lead a post-screening discussion.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the rise of antiquarian knowledge—from archaeological relics to genealogies, epigraphical evidence, and numismatics, among others—ushered in a new type of history. Might we not say that the twenty-first-century historian, armed with scientific data, can also produce new histories and venture to answer old and new questions with unprecedented assurance?
Researchers are experimenting with sets of simple robots to learn how to control them so that they function in a manner similar to swarms of bees or colonies of ants. “What’s the simplest computational model that will achieve these complicated tasks?” said former Member Dana Randall, one of the lead researchers on the project. “We’re looking for elegance and simplicity.”
Mapping out the basic properties of dark matter constituents––their mass, charge, spin––and understanding how they interact (between each other and with baryons) is one of the main open quests in modern physics.