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September 24, 2018 | 10:00 – 7:30pm
Institute scholars are invited to Wolfensohn Hall at 10:00 a.m. for a talk by Director Robbert Dijkgraaf and presentations by Faculty from each of the four Schools. An informational session about IAS and Princeton area resources will take place outside Wolfensohn at 11:30 a.m. In the evening, scholars and their families are invited to attend a casual reception with food and live entertainment at 5:30 p.m. on the South Lawn.

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“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.”

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The life and work of Vladimir Voevodsky was celebrated with a 4-day conference at the Institute for Advanced Study from September 11–14, 2018, bringing together experts from the fields he helped to shape. Videos of lectures by experts from around the world, on topics including Voevodsky’s univalence principle, homotopy type theory, K-theory, motivic theories, and more, may be viewed here

IAS News

September 11, 2018
Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf is a contributor to two forthcoming math and science anthologies, each produced by Quanta Magazine and published by MIT Press.

In the Media

September 14, 2018
Quanta covers new research by former Members Sam Payne, von Neumann Fellow, and Dhruv Ranganathan as well as related research by Phillip A. Griffiths, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics.

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By Freeman J. Dyson

I do not take the Prisoner’s Dilemma seriously as a model of evolution of cooperation. I consider it likely that groups lacking cooperation are like dodoes, losing the battle for survival collectively rather than individually.

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By Angelos Chaniotis

There is no such thing as a homogeneous European culture, with which the Bosnian Muslims, the third-generation Turks in Germany, the Greeks, the Roma, the French Jews, the Basques, and the Laps––not to mention the Indians and Pakistanis living in London––can identify themselves.
September 17, 2018
Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas. The prize recognizes Maldacena’s 1997 theoretical discovery of a deep connection between gauge theories and quantum gravity. 

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By Robbert Dijkgraaf

A striking example of the magic of quantum theory is mirror symmetry—a truly astonishing equivalence of spaces that has revolutionized geometry.

By Patrick J. Geary

Using next-generation sequencing, it is possible to examine past populations in their complex genetic heterogeneity.