Developed by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor, the Summer Program in Social Science aims to enrich and expand the realm of social sciences through the confrontation of different intellectual traditions and perspectives and to strengthen international networks across continents.
“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.”
Why are there six “flavors” of quarks, three “generations” of neutrinos, and one Higgs particle? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores the complex search for a single description of reality.
Was Iranian ruler Nader Shah a ruthless warlord or a national hero? His reception in eighteenth-century Europe was as swift and dramatic as it was complex. The image it created—half brutal strongman, half national liberator—would significantly contribute to the image modern Iranians would construct of him.
Scientific American profiles John Archibald Wheeler, former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, and his “it from bit” hypothesis, which anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality.
I think there is no better introduction to Kelly’s work than his earlier years in Paris, especially when it comes to understanding why things that look apparently very simple are in fact much more complex than they seem. This is something that we easily accept from science—no one doubts that the hyper-simple equation E=mc2 is the tip of an immensely complicated iceberg—but we usually have a harder time accepting it from art.