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.
“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.”
Cyclical movement of nature and worldly events, biology and biography: these are the two series that make life an entity at once overdetermined in its material dimension and indeterminate in its course . . . Can this binarism be resolved? Is it possible to think of life as biology and life as biography together?
In my view, which was also the view of Niels Bohr, the quantum world and the classical world are equally real. They both give valid descriptions of the universe, but they cannot both be seen in the same observation.
Adrian Hamers, Peter Svennilson Member in the School of Natural Sciences, has won the Christiaan Huygens Prize in the field of space sciences for Hamers’s doctoral dissertation, which addresses fundamental problems in transcending areas within the dynamics of astronomical systems.
Curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, the 2018–19 concert series features works performed by (clockwise from top left) Zoë Keating, Vox Clamantis Choir, Sandbox Percussion performing with Paul Lazar, and Nicholas Phan.
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.
When going about the mind-bending business of revisiting our concept of space, how can the imagination keep a foothold? A long-standing tradition is to imagine oneself a traveler in a faraway place. At various times, this kind of fiction has enabled us to conceive of the moon and planets as earthlike bodies; to live in more or less than two dimensions; or to run alongside a beam of light. It will hopefully also help us here.
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.
[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.