Watch Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed discuss the union of quantum mechanics and gravity, prospects for spacetime, and what a new picture for the universe may look like in a lecture given at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
“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.”
Developed by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor, the Summer Program in Social Science aims to enrich and expand the realm of social sciences through the confrontation of different intellectual traditions and perspectives and to strengthen international networks across continents.
Teng Biao, a Chinese human rights lawyer and former Visitor in the School of Social Science, talks to the New York Times about China's influence in the West and the rising threat to international freedom and democracy.
Why are there six “flavors” of quarks, three “generations” of neutrinos, and one Higgs particle? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores the complex search for a single description of reality.
Was Iranian ruler Nader Shah a ruthless warlord or a national hero? His reception in eighteenth-century Europe was as swift and dramatic as it was complex. The image it created—half brutal strongman, half national liberator—would significantly contribute to the image modern Iranians would construct of him.
Scientific American profiles John Archibald Wheeler, former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, and his “it from bit” hypothesis, which anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality.
A project of the School of Social Science, the Occasional Papers are versions of talks given at the School’s weekly seminar where Members present works-in-progress and take questions during lively conversation and debate.