IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf discusses the complex relationship between mathematics and physics with Brady Haran of Numberphile during the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. Dijkgraaf examines the differences between the fields, their powerful connection fostered by the sharing of principles and theories, and how they might come together to form a powerful breakthrough.
These rules were created and sustained at least in part by sincere beliefs that there are right and wrong ways to win, and that it matters both practically—e.g., in building good will and reciprocity with opponents, whether they end up vanquished or one’s conquerors—and morally.
June Huh, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, thought he had no talent for math until a chance meeting with a legendary mind, former Member and Fields Medalist Heisuke Hironaka. Nine years later, at the age of 34, Huh is at the pinnacle of the math world.
Grand ideas have a way of turning up in unusual settings, far from an office or a chalkboard. Quanta Magazine spoke to Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, about his favorite place to think, tinker, and create.