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The difference a year at the Institute can make. In 2012–13, Lucas Bessire and Laurence Ralph met while Members in the School of Social Science. Working closely with...

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores the magic of light and color in this Science Talk for Families event. 

"There's so much we don't know about the world. We don't actually understand how physics works. We don't actually understand how biology works. We are a little confused about math and computer science in terms of the things...

The deep sea covers roughly two-thirds of Earth's surface, yet we know very little about it. In this Family Science Talk, Donato Giovannelli, Visitor in the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, leads us on a journey to the darkest, deepest places on our planet, where life thrives in extreme conditions and under crushing pressures.

Richard Schwartz, Member (2003–04) in the School of Mathematics and the Chancellor’s Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, discusses really large numbers, as well as the different sizes of infinity and the different forms of infinite space. 

Jo Bovy

Jo Bovy, John N. Bahcall Fellow in the School of Natural Sciences, explores the stars, planets, and gases that make up galaxies, the dark matter that holds them together, and the history of our own Milky Way. 

How did the universe begin? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explains what we know about the Big Bang and explores the mysteries of our universe.

The Institute is a remarkably modest place. Like all Members of the School of Historical Studies, I was provided a lovely apartment, a simple office (with computer), access to both the Institute’s libraries and those of Princeton University,...

One of the most striking facts that we know about the cosmos is that most of the chemical elements that ­constitute matter, including our bodies, were produced inside stars and ­distributed by their explosions. It is amazing how much we know...

One of the most amazing things we discovered in science is that everything is made of small particles. It's the properties of these molecules, atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles that allow us to answer ­simple questions like: why is grass...

There are glimpses of truths that don’t immediately make sense, that are puzzles, that we see only vaguely from a distance, or that we can see just one facet of, and they may remain puzzles for our lifetimes and several more after; we may only catch a dim impression, a shadow of what they imply.

On November 14, the Institute for Advanced Study announced the appointment of Robbert Dijkgraaf as its ninth Director, succeeding, as of July 1, 2012, Peter Goddard, who has served as Director since January 2004.

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