Gossuin de Metz's "Image du Monde"

By Suzanne Conklin Akbari

At the Institute, while each School certainly has its own character and researchers’ work is highly specialized, we share the experience of bewilderment, and the perpetual yearning for clarity.

IAS News

March 31, 2020

Social Distancing
As the weather continues to get warmer, we understand the desire to spend time outdoors. We ask that those of you with small children be mindful when they are playing outdoors and follow social distancing guidelines. Princeton Nassau Pediatrics strongly recommends against children from different households having playdates, even outdoors. 

IAS Closure and Stay-at-Home Order
On March 21, 2020, N.J. Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide Stay-at-Home Order that closed non-essential businesses, effective 9 pm that day. In response, IAS has closed everything but Member Housing, including offices and campus buildings.

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IAS News

Didier Fassin

Watch the talk by  Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, given as the inaugural lecture of his appointment as Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France.


By Olga Holtz

An academic Eden where you could do mathematics, uninterrupted by worries about money or sour cream. Was that even real? It sounded exotic, thrilling, fantastic. But of course I could never get there––how could I?


By Marisa Bass

“Art” and “science” meant something very different in the Renaissance than they do within the strict disciplinary divides of today’s academy. Beginning in the sixteenth century, inquiry into the workings of the natural world engaged the visual and literary arts (artes) as a means to pursue knowledge (scientia) of everything from the stars to anatomy to newly discovered species.


Over the years, the Woods have provided a place for contemplation and discussion for generations of Institute scholars from Albert Einstein onwards.

The paper “Axiogenesis” by Keisuke Harigaya, Member in the School of Natural Sciences, and Raymond T. Co,  published on March 17 in the Physical Review Letters, reveals that the rotation of the QCD axion can account for the excess of matter found in the universe.


By Didier Fassin

How experience in one field, and across different regions of the world, can enrich practices in another 

Press Release

March 18, 2020

Researchers publish  calculations that predict an intricate substructure within black hole images.

By Scott Tremaine

What we know, what we hope to learn, and the techniques being used to study this exotic object.