Ideas

IAS Founders on America and Higher Learning

“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 the Media

#MeToo Shows Sexism Is Not Men of Color’s Prerogative

February 10, 2018
Sara Farris, Visitor in the School of Social Science, examines the #MeToo movement in relation to notions of masculinity, violence, and race.

Event

Today: IAS Film Series

February 21, 2018 | 4:00 – 6:00pm
From the Banned Countries, a film series curated by the Schools of Social Science and Historical Studies, continues with Stronger Than Bullets. Matthew Millan, the director of the film, will lead a post-screening discussion.

The Scientist as Antiquarian: History, Climate, and the New Past

By Nicola Di Cosmo

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the rise of antiquarian knowledge—from archaeological relics to genealogies, epigraphical evidence, and numismatics, among others—ushered in a new type of history. Might we not say that the twenty-first-century historian, armed with scientific data, can also produce new histories and venture to answer old and new questions with unprecedented assurance?

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

February 14, 2018
Researchers are experimenting with sets of simple robots to learn how to control them so that they function in a manner similar to swarms of bees or colonies of ants. “What’s the simplest computational model that will achieve these complicated tasks?” said former Member Dana Randall, one of the lead researchers on the project. “We’re looking for elegance and simplicity.”

Dark Matter: Discerning What We Cannot See

By Vera Gluscevic

Mapping out the basic properties of dark matter constituents––their mass, charge, spin––and understanding how they interact (between each other and with baryons) is one of the main open quests in modern physics.