In the late Middle Ages, Christian conversion could wash a black person’s skin white—or at least that is what happens when a black sultan converts to Christianity in the late thirteenth- or early fourteenth-century English romance the King of Tars. The remarkable transformation, however, is not what it might at first appear to be.
CERN Courier interviews Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, about his 1997 conjecture of a deep relationship between gravity and quantum field theory that continues to offer insights into black holes and the search for quantum gravity.
This summer it became known that the Hohenzollern family, Germany’s former royal house, has been in secret negotiations with the German government, claiming restitution payments and the return of paintings and historical objects. Karina Urbach explains how her research is connected to the current debate.
Partial differential equations are ubiquitous in modern science and engineering: they are efficiently used to model a variety of different phenomena, like the flow of air past the wings of an airplane, the collapsing of a star into a black hole, or the spreading of a pollutant in the air.
Includes articles by Faculty and Members exploring bewilderment and clarity, the changing faces of biology, the social life of DNA, movement politics, modern racism and medieval race-thinking, academic freedom, partial differential equations, the possible unification of mathematics and physics, and the singular adventures of the late Professor Jean Bourgain. Also features conversations with James Peebles, 2019 Nobel Prize Laureate, and several current Members. Download a PDF of the issue or read the articles online.
Camillo De Lellis, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics, is cited for his innovative view on the construction of continuous dissipative solutions of the Euler equations, which ultimately led to Isett’s full solution of the Onsager conjecture, and his work in the regularity theory of minimal surfaces.
Please register to attend the 2020 IAS Einstein Gala honoring Sir James Wolfensohn, IAS’s longest-serving Board Chair (1986–2007), former President of the World Bank, and current Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company. At the Gala on March 12, 2020, at the Glasshouse, NYC, Jim Wolfensohn will be presented with the IAS Bamberger Medal, the Institute’s highest honor.
In the realm of politics, the value of freedom is collective and enabling. It makes it possible for men and women to join together and claim equal standing. Take political freedom away and equality becomes a lost project.