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Nima Arkani-Hamed at the blackboard
October 16, 2019

“The revolutionary theories of well-known scientists such as Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Gödel have changed the world. But how do the world's greatest thinkers achieve a breakthrough?” Watch the documentary The World of Thinking, which follows Professors Nima Arkani-Hamed, Freeman J. Dyson, Helmut Hofer, and Vladimir Voevodsky, Director Robbert Dijkgraaf, and Member (2016–19) Yvonne Geyer in their curiosity-driven pursuit of scientific understanding.

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Portrait of Alondra Nelson
October 16, 2019

Alondra Nelson, Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, will join a forum discussion at the National Academy of Medicine's annual meeting on the societal implications of emerging science and technology in health and medicine, and the need for a multisectoral, collective governance framework to guide the development and adoption of new technologies.

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Juan Maldacena speaks on stage in Wolfensohn Hall
October 17, 2019

On October 18, Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires. During the ceremony, Maldacena will give a lecture titled "Black Holes and Quantum Entanglement.”

October 11, 2019

IAS and its international partners have received a €10 million Synergy Grant to fund HistoGenes, a multidisciplinary study led by Professor Emeritus Patrick Geary and colleagues that 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. 

October 18, 2019

In a public lecture on October 25, Akshay Venkatesh, Robert and Luisa Fernholz Professor in the School of Mathematics, will explore the surprising parallels that exist between prime numbers and mathematical knots, how these abstract concepts relate, and what they tell us about mathematics and the world in which we live.

Press Release

October 16, 2019

Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and colleagues probe interactions between supermassive black holes and their stellar neighbors in a new study published by Physical Review Letters. 

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October 08, 2019

Congratulations to James Peebles, Member (1977–78) and Visitor (1990–91, 1998–99) in the School of Natural Sciences, who is cited for developing the theoretical framework that transformed cosmology over the last fifty years.

October 11, 2019

Writing for FriezeKira 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 break the rules that others had put in place for us.”

Please join us for the 2020 IAS Einstein Gala honoring Sir James Wolfensohn, IAS’s longest-serving Board Chair. The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on March 12, 2020, at The Glasshouse, NYC.

By History Working Group

Scientists had long known the connection between energy and time, but Noether was the first to theorize a systematic correspondence: symmetries and conservation laws are related, in general. The idea arose out of a debate between David Hilbert, Felix Klein, and Albert Einstein over the notion of energy in Einstein’s recently formulated general theory of relativity. Noether’s theorem not only laid this controversy to rest, but, due to its striking generality, has been widely used in many other fields of physics, perhaps most notably in the study of elementary particles.

Ideas

How do we fit into our mathematical descriptions?