Yuan-Sen Ting, Member in the School of Natural Sciences, is working to unravel the history of the Milky Way galaxy, employing tools in theoretical modeling, observational astronomy, and machine learning. Speaking with Sin Chew Daily, he describes his area of study, galactic archaeology, which involves tracing the history of galaxies back 13.8 billion years to the beginning of the universe.
Ed Cohen, a recent Member in the School of Social Science, examines the current pandemic in an opinion piece for Scientific American. Cohen’s essay explores how history has shaped contemporary perspectives on treating disease, and why the collective wellbeing of communities depends on a new approach.
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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.
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.
In stark contrast to the elegant, concise algorithmic gems, which were man-made, many new algorithms simply “create themselves,” with relatively little intervention from humans, mainly through interaction with massive data.
“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.
[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.