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Founders’ Statement 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.”

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A Room, an Office, a Library, a World

By Monica H. Green

The Institute is a remarkably modest place. Like all Members, I was provided a lovely apartment, a simple office (with computer), access to libraries, lunch in the dining hall, tea in the afternoon. So how does new knowledge come out of such a simple mix? 
Sabine Schmidtke

Muslim Perceptions and Receptions of the Bible

By Sabine Schmidtke

The Qurʾān defines itself as the last, perfect link in a chain of progressive divine revelations. How have Muslim scholars perceived and used—or avoided—the earlier scriptures of Judaism and Christianity?

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Discipline and Creativity

By Bregje van Eekelen

How did creativity arise as an object of scientific inquiry in U.S. military and industrial settings? 

In the Media

Loneliness in Time: Freeman Dyson on Immigration

August 08, 2018
Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova highlights Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson’s letter to his parents, dated January 2, 1948, in her reflection on immigration and the importance of the past.

In the Media

America Is Sacrificing the Future

August 03, 2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will observes in the Washington Post that The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge by IAS founding Director Abraham Flexner and current Director Robbert Dijkgraaf “read in the right government places, might inoculate the nation against philistine utilitarianism.”

A ‘Mile-Long Opera’ Is Coming to the High Line

May 16, 2018
The New York Times features Artist-in-Residence David Lang's next large-scale, public music project, “The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock.”

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Videos from Prospects in Theoretical Physics

View lectures from the 2018 PiTP program “From Qubits to Spacetime” on topics ranging from the connections between quantum information and the structure of spacetime to quantum effects and black hole thermodynamics.

The Visceral Commonality of IAS

By Derek Bermel and Nima Arkani-Hamed

There are glimpses of truths that don’t immediately make sense, that are puzzles, that we see only vaguely from a distance, or that we can see just one facet of, and they may remain puzzles for our lifetimes and several more after; we may only catch a dim impression, a shadow of what they imply.

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Freeman Dyson on Science

There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any more than there is a unique poetic vision. Science is a mosaic of partial and conflicting visions. But there is one common element . . .