The Atlantic shares the story of an unexpected discovery in the dental plaque of a one-thousand-year-old German woman, highlighting how a team of researchers, including Alison Beach, Member (2013–14) and Visitor (2017) in the School of Historical Studies, pieced together the life of a medieval female scribe.
“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.”
In 2007, when Ségolène Royal announced her candidacy to the Socialist primary for the presidential election, Laurent Fabius, former prime minister under President François Mitterrand, ironically commented: “But who will take care of the kids?”
In 2016, the Institute celebrated the work and impact of Professor Jean Bourgain. One of the most prolific and important mathematicians of our generation, Bourgain had an extraordinary ability to bring new perspectives to longstanding questions in number theory, probability theory, and statistical physics.
The Institute Letter interviews Juan Maldacena on quantum information, spacetime, and efforts to understand how the view of black holes as a quantum computer is consistent and compatible with black holes from Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
“This paper does not publish any new experiments,” explained Professor Emeritus Arnold J. Levine. “Rather, it outlines a new way to understand and interpret existing results . . . and suggests entirely new paths to studying the origins of cancers over a lifetime.”
As one of the world’s most revered mathematicians, Sir Michael Atiyah, past IAS Professor and Member in the School of Mathematics, produced work that has served as an inspiration to scholars around the globe, from his first major contribution—topological K-theory—to advances in quantum field theory.
Think of what it means that all black bodies are not equally evoked by this all-important symbol of racial oppression… What then are those who would ameliorate the conditions of black women in society to do?