Click here to view the talk "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of String Theory in Mathematics" given by Robbert Dijkgraaf at the String Math 2020 conference on July 30. Held annually, String Math brings together string theorists and mathematicians for collaboration. View the entire conference here.
History teaches–and even the brief history of the Institute confirms–that new knowledge leads to new power and new wisdom, and alters the destiny and heightens the dignity of man. —J. Robert Oppenheimer
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The special importance of Hagia Sophia for Greeks and Orthodox Christians cannot easily be understood by others. In psychology, the term “ambiguous loss” describes someone’s pain when a person close to them is both present and absent…For the Greeks, Hagia Sophia has been such an ambiguous loss for centuries.
“Not until reading this account did I realize that I spent my entire adult life as an intellectual tourist." Writing for H-Diplo, Jonathan Haslam, George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies, tells the story of his many-branched intellectual career.
“It became clear that there was a lot to be done in gravity physics, both theory and observation. In the 1960s, only a few people were working on both sides of gravity, theory and experiment. It was an exciting time that offered me lots of room for exploration of new ideas. But of course we couldn’t anticipate that this work would grow into the present big science.”
Critical thinking is precisely not a program of neutrality, not tolerance of all opinion, not an endorsement of the idea that anything goes. It is about how one brings knowledge to bear on criticism; it is a procedure, a method that shapes and disciplines thought.
“It’s very simple. Democracy is something that we practice collectively, in groups,” said Marion Fourcade, Visiting Professor in the School of Social Science, to Distinguished Journalism Fellow Joanne Lipman. “The purpose of data collection is to group you with people who are similar on some relevant dimension, and to create a hierarchy within that group."
[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.