Institute for Advanced Study

December 10, 2018
John Hopfield is cited for applying concepts from theoretical physics to biological questions, with a significant impact on machine learning. Hopfield served as the Martin A. and Helen Chooljian Visiting Professor in Biology in the School of Natural Sciences from 2010 to 2013 and remains active within the Institute’s Simons Center for Systems Biology.

Ideas

“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.”

IAS News

December 04, 2018
Duing a recent trip to the Netherlands, Robbert Dijkgraaf gave lectures on the future of life, technology, and information for the DWDD University television series. Additionally, Dijkgraaf was a keynote speaker at the Gala of Science 2018 presented by New Scientist, where he discussed some of the most current concepts in physics and astronomy.

Ideas

By John J. Hopfield

Tornadoes are a high-level description of the motions of enormous numbers of interacting molecules. We want to understand how mind emerges from brain, just as we understand how tornadoes emerge from molecules.
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November 28, 2018
Member Eva Illouz is cited for groundbreaking insights into formation of the self. Illouz continues this work at IAS with a project that critically evaluates the moral norm of emotional authenticity as fashioned by consumer culture.

By Konrad Schmid

In light of more than two hundred years of scholarship, the most precise answer to this question still is: We don’t know. The tradition claims it was Moses, but the Torah itself says otherwise.