Natural Sciences

Lia Medeiros, a Member and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow in the School of Natural Sciences, is interested in using astronomical objects and phenomena to test fundamental theories of physics...

Arnold Levine gives a lecture in Bloomberg Hall

The 2019 Prospects in Theoretical Physics program, "Great Problems in Biology for Physicists," took place July 15–26, 2019, covering topics ranging from virology, cancer, and immunology to machine learning and...

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On May 29, 2019, the Institute for Advanced Study hosted a celebration of The Universe Speaks in Numbers by frequent Director's Visitor Graham Farmelo. The public event, which was held on the centenntial of the 1919 eclipse that provided the first experimental verification of Einstein's theory of relativity, brought together some of the world's foremost science communicators for an afternoon of talks discussing the close relationship between mathematics and physics.

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Natalie Wolchover, Director's Visitor (2017), interviews Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, and Karen Uhlenbeck, Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, on the interconnection between mathematics and physics.

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Nima Arkani-Hamed, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Thomas Lam, von Neumann Fellow in the School of Mathematics, discuss the fruits of their recent collaboration and the benefits of math-physics collaboration more broadly during the The Universe Speaks in Numbers event on May 29, 2019, at the Institute for Advanced Study.

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Watch "The Primacy of Experiment," a talk by Kyle Cranmer, Junior Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences.

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Watch "The Shapes of Spaces and the Nuclear Force," a talk by Gregory Moore, Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey  and past Distinguished Visiting Professor (2016) in the IAS School of Natural Sciences.

On May 3, 2019, Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor at the School of Natural Sciences, gave a lecture on the evidence for a supermassive black hole at the core of the Milky Way galaxy, denoted Sagittarius A*....

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"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...

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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...

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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,...

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A research team at IAS has recently announced the discovery of six new binary black hole mergers. The team applied a unique set of signal processing techniques to data made publicly available by the ...