Myles W. Jackson, newly appointed Professor in the School of Historical Studies, will give his first IAS public lecture. Jackson will discuss how the history of science can contribute to two controversial aspects of biomedical research: gene patenting and race and genomics.
“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.”
TheNew Yorker has featured Life: A Critical User's Manual by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, among its “Briefly Noted” book reviews for the week of October 22.
Patrick J. Geary, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies, is a Co-PI and lead author of a groundbreaking paper published by Nature Communications that sheds light on sixth-century barbarian social organization and migration through paleogenomics.
June Huh, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, has received the 2019 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize as part of the Breakthrough Prize series. Huh is recognized for the development of combinatorial Hodge theory leading to the resolution of the log-concavity conjecture of Rota as part of a collaboration with mathematicians Eric Katz and former Member Karim Adiprasito.
Nature is an important source of inspiration for mathematics, even of the purest kind. In recent years, ideas from quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and string theory have completely transformed mathematics.
There is an obvious playfulness in the way Picasso constantly shifted his artistic identity when least expected. Like Harlequin, a character with whom he identified all his life and of whom he drew and painted many versions in various, often incompatible styles, he could become anything he wanted, put on any mask, take out any card from his sleeve.
While the Simons Center is itself a distinct structure with its own sense of place, it emulates the sensibility of the existing pavilions, taking cues from their proportions and details and interpreting them in a contemporary way.
[Ancient history] is a discipline in which truth and beauty don't always overlap. Truth is very often not beautiful. And beauty may be deceptive. And knowledge, well, it is very elusive. But ideas we do have. Many of them.