Paul Dirac began his first yearlong sabbatical at the Institute in the fall of 1934, returning several times in the following decades. The youngest-ever theoretician to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, Dirac would often set off on Saturday mornings with an axe over his shoulder to help clear paths in the Institute Woods.
In the early evening of March 15, 1933, a group of London
socialites gathered in a Westminster mansion to hear a special
lecture on the latest developments in nuclear science. The talk was
chaired by Winston Churchill. The speaker—Churchill’s friend...
In the two years I spent at the Institute, 1957–59, I had the
opportunity of meeting two of the founders of the quantum
theory—Niels Bohr and Paul Dirac. In the case of Bohr, perhaps
“meeting” overstates the case. He was a Member in the spring
It has been said that the goals of modern mathematics are
reconstruction and development.1 The unifying conjectures between
number theory and representation theory that Robert Langlands,
Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, articulated...
When Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933, Albert
Einstein had already left the country. He was in the United States
and in contact with the founders of his new academic home, the
Institute for Advanced Study, which would open in fall...
More than seventy-five years ago, Founding Director Abraham
Flexner sought to create with the Institute for Advanced Study a
haven where “scholars and scientists may regard the world and its
phenomena as their laboratory, without being carried off by...