Didier Fassin, James D.
Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has authored
Life: A Critical User’s Manual (Polity Press, 2018), which
asks "How can we think of life in its dual expression—matter
and experience, the living and the...
One of the biggest discoveries of humankind is yet to come:
Finding compelling evidence for life on another planet. In this
lecture, Hanno Rein, former Member (2010–13) in the School of
Natural Sciences, discusses the many places to look for...
Young children often pose the most interesting questions.
“Why are we here?” is one of them. And this question
can take on many forms. One of them is “Why is there anything
at all?” Another is “Why am I alive?” or
“Why am I me?”
Sara Seager, Member in the
School of Natural Sciences from 1999–2002, gave a talk on the
search for exotic habitable worlds among nearby stars, as part of
Earth and Sky, a conference to celebrate Professor Freeman Dyson's 90th birthday in...
Until a couple of decades ago, the only planets we knew existed
were the nine in our Solar System. In the last twenty-five years,
we’ve lost one of the local ones (Pluto, now classified as a
“minor planet”) and gained about three thousand