Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, first came to the Institute as a Member in 1984 and was appointed as a Professor in 1987. His work has significantly enriched the fields of mathematics and physics, and he has contributed greatly to the modern interest in superstrings as a candidate theory for the unification of all known physical interactions. Most recently, he has explored quantum duality symmetries of field theories and string theories, opening significant new perspectives on particle physics, string theory, and topology.
By the twentieth century, mathematics had advanced into rather
abstract realms, transcending its origins, which had been largely
driven by questions closer to the natural world. Physics on the
other hand, especially after the development of quantum...
"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
How do we fit into our mathematical descriptions? Well, one
thing I’ll tell you is that in general, when you have
dualities, things that are easy to see in one description can be
hard to see in the other description. So you and I, for example,
“From Qubits to Spacetime,” the title of 2018's
Prospects in Theoretical Physics program, took place from July
16–27, 2018, and covered topics ranging from the connections
between quantum information and the structure of spacetime, to
On April 26, 2018, the Institute community gathered to celebrate
Ideas 2017–18 with talks by IAS Members––deep
ideas explained in under 20 minutes with no slides or
chalk––followed by audience discussions moderated by
Faculty. The program concluded...
Ed Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural
Sciences, and Helmut Hofer, Professor in the School of Mathematics,
along with Marc Lackenby, Martin R. Bridson, and Rahul
Pandharipande, have co-authored Lectures on Geometry
In 2016, Professor Nathan Seiberg
celebrates his sixtieth birthday and reaches his twentieth year as
a Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. The conference
celebrating these occasions was held at the Institute from
September 15 through...