Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring human rights issues in China, the black hole firewall paradox, Syriac literature, the carceral condition, monotheism, Christianity and Islam in early modern Spain, genetics and identity, mirror symmetry, liquid crystals, and American foreign policy.
Ideas that originate in particle physics have an uncanny
tendency to appear in the most diverse mathematical fields. This is
especially true for string theory. Its stimulating influence in
mathematics will have a lasting and rewarding impact...
From the Chinese Revolution of 1911 to the May 19 Movement of
1957, from the Xidan Democracy Wall of 1978 to the Democracy
Movement in 1989, Chinese people have never ceased in their
struggle for democracy. When the Tiananmen Massacre shocked
In 2012, Ahmed Almheiri,
current Member in the School of Natural Sciences, coauthored a
paper that confounded theoretical physicists, sparked attention
from the New York Times to Scientific American,
and prompted the organization of workshops and...
Presented by its promoters two and a half centuries ago as a
moral progress in the administration of punishment, prison has
become over the past decades one of the most vexing and unsettling
issues in Western societies for both the spectacular...
An arcane topic to most people, Syriac sources help shed a more
complex light on the history of the Middle East from late antiquity
to the Middle Ages. They reveal a non-imperial epoch and its rich
contributions to the cultural and religious history...
We are probably all familiar with the
AncestryDNA advertisement for its genetic testing service in
which a man states that he and his family had always thought that
they were German. He goes on to explain that he danced in a German
dance group and...
Monotheism constitutes one of the central doctrines of
Islam. The notion is again and again voiced in the Qurʾān,
thus for example in sūra 112 (entitled “Sincere Religion”)
which, in the translation of Arthur Arberry, reads “Say: ‘He is
God, One (ah...
Geometry and physics have long
gone hand in hand. All around us, physical processes play out in
geometric terms, such as straight lines (rays of light), ellipses
(planetary motion), or parallelograms (the combined effect of two
forces). To earlier...
Liquid crystals, discovered serendipitously by Friedrich
Reinitzer in the late nineteenth century, have come to play an
important role in the world of consumer electronics, specifically
in the production of ever larger, thinner, and more energy...
Just before Thanksgiving last year, I sent an email to the
Institute’s Director, Robbert Dijkgraaf, whom I had never met.
Acknowledging that my missive was somewhat “out of the blue,” I
explained that I had spent most of the previous eight years...