Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. He is past President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and past Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council, a multinational organization of science academies.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study, sat down virtually with Joanne Lipman, IAS’s Peretsman Scully Distinguished Journalism Fellow, to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, its impact on IAS, and the elevated role of science in society.

“From the perspective of gravity, [a black hole] is the simplest object we know of, no more than a hole in space. At the same time, according to quantum theory, it is the most complex object, the most compact way to store matter and information.” Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, discusses the paradoxical nature of black holes and their role in twenty-first-century physics.