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A Community of Scholars

For more than eighty years, scholars at the Institute for Advanced Study have sought to understand the complexities of the physical world and of humanity, prompting advances in science and society. Access a listing of the Institute’s community of scholars from our founding to today and learn more about some noted figures in IAS history.

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IAS Letter Articles

Sights from a Field Trip in the Milky Way: From Paleoclimatology to Dark Matter—Nir Shaviv

How might climate be influenced by cosmic rays?    
In 1913, Victor Hess measured the background level of atmospheric ionization while ascending with a balloon. By doing so, he discovered that Earth is continuously bathed in ionizing radiation.


Video Lectures

Our Mathematical Universe

Max Tegmark, Professor at MIT, surveys how humans have repeatedly underestimated not only the size of the cosmos, but also the power of the human mind to understand it using mathematical equations. He explores how mathematics in physics has allowed us to predict Neptune, radio waves, and the Higgs bosons, and discusses how we should think of ourselves in a cosmic perspective.