Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring black holes, the discovery of the amplituhedron, the origins and influence of an anti-Semitic legend on modern capitalism, the “big bang” of Hellenistic “globalization,” democracy and truth, the gilets jaunes protests, and mapping the elusive magnetic field between our galactic stars.
"Multi-faceted gems, each with crystalline symmetry that gives
them an unexpected mathematical beauty”—that is how the physicist
Lance Dixon describes the mathematical objects used to predict what
happens when nature’s fundamental particles scatter...
Institutions can flourish by finding innovative methods to
affirm the most admirable ideals articulated at their foundings.
Some of IAS’s greatest ideals reflect its origins in the 1930s, at
the time of the Great Depression and the emergence of...
On November 22, five days into the gilets jaunes
protests, with some 2,000 roads and roundabouts barricaded across
the country and 280,000 demonstrators having taken to the streets
in the major cities, Emmanuel Macron welcomed journalists from
Conventional wisdom today says that the sciences—natural,
physical, and even the quantitative social sciences like
economics—are especially good for teaching effective truth
practices. That is surely right to a degree. But just as much, we
In 327–326 B.C.E., Alexander the Great, after having defeated
the Persian King and conquered the Persian Empire, crossed eastern
Iran, Afghanistan, and Bactria, testing the limits of his
abilities. He attacked the fortress of Aornos, on Mount Pir...
You may have done this experiment as a child: spread a bunch of
iron filings on a table, a heap of insouciant metal dust. Now place
a bar magnet in their midst, and ah! The iron filings snap to
attention, as if endowed with a sudden sense of purpose...
On April 10, 2019, we were presented with the first-ever
close-up image of a black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope
(EHT). This remarkable technological achievement was made possible
by the collective efforts of hundreds of astrophysics...
Scholars at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) recently
paper announcing the discovery of six new binary black hole
mergers that exceed the detection thresholds defined by the
LIGO-Virgo Collaboration (LVC), the group responsible for...
James M. Stone, a world-renowned computational astrophysicist,
whose research is focused on fluid dynamics—in particular numerical
solutions to the equations of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in an
astrophysical context—has been appointed to the Faculty...