The Institute Letter Summer 2008

One of the remarkable discoveries in astrophysics has been the recognition that the material we see and are familiar with, which makes up the earth, the sun, the stars, and everyday objects, such as a table, is only a small fraction of all of the...

“I am a person who loves books,” says Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Science. “I am happiest when I am reading and writing. And I am fascinated by politics.”

Trained both as...

Each year, the School of Social Science designates a theme to create a sense of community amongits Members. During the 2007–08 academic year, the theme was “The Rule of Law Under Pressure,” in which Members looked at the pressure that comes from...

“Everything here is fraught with danger and excitement,” says Nima ­Arkani-­Hamed, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences. With a broad sweep of his hand, he motions to the diagram he has drawn on the chalkboard in his office of the range of...

Conceptions of war and of its uses, and the interaction of the arts with politics and ideology, are two different but often related areas of research in which Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, specializes....

Job search by the unemployed is a topic of much interest in labor economics and economics more generally. Alan B. Krueger, the Leon Levy Member (2007–08) in the School of Social Science, discussed “The Lot of the Unemployed” in his Leon Levy...

During the first term of 2007–08, School of Mathematics Professor Jean Bourgain and Member Van Vu of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, ran a program on arithmetic combinatorics. The Members in residence for the program ranged from...

On an autumn night at the Institute, a sold-out audience gathered in Wolfensohn Hall for the latest evolution of an unlikely addition to the cultural canon—an opera based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The librettist, London artist Tom...