Visitors navigating the Institute for Advanced Study for the first time may be surprised to find themselves lingering on Einstein Drive or driving through Veblen Circle. There are scholars in the streets of the Institute for Advanced Study. These roads serve as an important reminder of the historic scholars that paved a way for the groundbreaking research that happens today on the Institute campus.
"In the 1950s, four decades before he won a Nobel Prize for his
contributions to game theory and his story inspired the book and
film “A Beautiful Mind,” the mathematician John Nash
proved one of the most remarkable results in all of geometry.
In the past decade, physicists have found that topology provides
unique insight into the physics of materials, such as how some
insulators can sneakily conduct electricity along a single-atom
layer on their surfaces.
Hermann Weyl, Professor in the
School of Mathematics (1933–51, Emeritus 1951–55),
delivered a eulogy for Emmy
Noether, one of the first Visitors to the Institute from
1933–35, at Bryn Mawr just two weeks after her passing. In
his address, Weyl...