Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring deep learning and computation, black holes and quantum information, the anthropology of life and the politics of gender, the porous boundaries between science and culture, the topology of locally symmetric spaces, and the queer beginnings of Mormonism.
On April 5th, 1841, a young woman stood beneath an elm tree in
far western Illinois. This was Louisa Beaman, twenty-six, and at
this point in her life an orphan. Her father had died in Kirtland,
Ohio, in 1837; her mother, only a few months before...
The five versions of the same volume presented here in French,
English, German, Italian, and Spanish, could serve as a pretext for
a reflection on the work of translation—not only of words, but also
of ideas, contexts, and images.
In 2017–18, I led a special program about analysis and
topology on locally symmetric spaces as a Distinguished
Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics. Locally symmetric
spaces are the home of the Langlands program—a set of overarching
This article is a slightly edited excerpt of the lecture given
on the occasion of the awarding of the Edgar di Picciotto
International Prize of the Graduate Institute of Geneva to Joan
Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social
In the last six months, Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg
Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has received three
major awards: the Lorentz Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of
Arts and Sciences; the 2018 Einstein Medal from the Albert...
"It's kind of like physics in its formative stages—Newton asking
what makes the apple fall down," says Sanjeev Arora, Visiting Professor in
the School of Mathematics, trying to explain the current scientific
excitement about machine learning....
Published here are three slightly edited excerpts from
"Mathematics and Computation," a new book by Avi Wigderson, Herbert
H. Maass Professor in the School of Mathematics, soon to be
published by Princeton University Press (online draft available
My work in the history of science probes the porous boundaries
between science and culture over the past two centuries. Much of it
gestures toward the role of history in public policy. I am
interested in having the historian at the table while a...
"Life is a term, none more familiar. And one almost would take
it for an affront, to be asked what he meant by it," writes John
Locke. But he immediately adds: "And yet, if it comes in question,
whether a plant, that lies ready formed in the seed...
Hanging on the wall at the Institute for Advanced Study are four
late antique mosaics from the environs of Antioch, the capital of
the Roman province of Syria and one of the largest cities in the
Roman Empire. They have been there since Simons Hall...