Nathan Seiberg, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences since 1997, focuses his research on various aspects of string theory, quantum field theory, and particle physics. Seiberg first came to the Institute as a postdoc in 1982 after receiving his Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He changed the direction of his research after arriving at the Institute, immediately drawn to studying supersymmetry with encouragement from Michael Dine. Seiberg's work has shed light on string theory as a two-dimensional conformal field theory and its space-time manifestations. He has contributed to the understanding of the dynamics of quantum field theories, especially supersymmetric quantum field theories, leading to many new and unexpected insights, including the fundamental role of electric-magnetic duality in these theories, and many applications in physics and in mathematics.
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...
Prospects in Theoretical Physics is summer program designed for
graduate students and postdoctoral scholars considering a career in
theoretical physics. First held by the School of Natural Sciences
at the Institute for Advanced Study in the summer...
In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have discovered
two beautiful Standard Models, one for the quantum world of
extremely short distances, and one for the universe as a whole.
Both models have had spectacular success, but there are also...
In 2013, Freeman Dyson celebrated
his ninetieth birthday and also marked his sixtieth year as a
Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. Dreams of Earth and
Sky, conceived by Dyson’s colleagues in the School
of Natural Sciences, was an...
“It is indeed an endless cycle of imagination and concentration, of divergence and convergence, of playing and thinking that determines the rhythm of science and scholarship,” writes Robbert Dijkgraaf on the occasion of becoming the Institute’s ninth Director and first Leon Levy Professor. “The Institute is devoted to creating and supporting these experiences.”
In the twentieth century, mathematicians developed a deep
theory of knots, which was revolutionized by the discovery of the
Jones polynomial—a way to calculate a number for every knot—by
Vaughan F. R. Jones in the early 1980s. Below, Edward
When Friedrich Hirzebruch was a Member in the School of
Mathematics in 1954, his paper, "Some problems on differentiable
and complex manifolds", was published in the Annals of
Mathematics. In it he asked whether Chern numbers in albegraic
Physicists have used Feynman diagrams as a tool for calculating
scattering amplitudes that describe particle interactions for more
than six decades. Their broad utility was due initially in large
part to the seminal work of Freeman Dyson, Professor...
In the public lecture “The World’s Largest Experiment,” Nathan
Seiberg, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, discusses the
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the potential discoveries it may
yield—among them, new insights about the origin of...