“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.”
Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has been recognized with the 2018 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award, which is presented to exceptional scientists in support of their exploration of unconventional academic paths. The first social scientist to receive the award, Fassin will use the award grant, nearly $2 million over five years, to implement a project that will analyze contemporary crises from a global perspective.
Black holes are fascinating objects predicted by the general theory of relativity. Quantum mechanics implies that they are not completely black. In this public talk, Juan Maldacena and Douglas Stanford will explain and review these results, discussing, as an example, how information sent using teleportation translates into a trip through a wormhole connecting two black holes.
In celebration of what would be Richard Feynman's 100th birthday, Caltech will host a special two-day event on May 11–12, featuring his friends and family and some of the top scientists of today, including Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson, Hirosi Ooguri, David Gross, Sara Seager, and Leonard Susskind.
Watch a video of Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in conversation with physicist and author Lisa Randall at the New York Public Library about his new book Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters, a personal and historic account of modern science.
Topologists are fond of saying that they cannot distinguish a doughnut from a coffee mug. In the lingo, they are homeomorphic, which may be demonstrated by deforming one to the other if they were made of clay.