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 Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council, a multinational organization of science academies, and past President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, was celebrated by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in a two-day conference, General Relativity at 100. The conference,...

Robbert Dijkgraaf presents an overview of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, one of the great pillars of modern physics, and its enduring influence.

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...

Light is the great unifier. John Wheeler, the beloved Princeton physicist, used to draw the universe as a big capital U with a little eye on one leg, signifying that we, human beings, are the eyes of the universe looking back at...

Mathematics has proven to be "unreasonably effective" in understanding nature. The fundamental laws of physics can be captured in beautiful formulae. In this lecture, given at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics,...

What do quantum interference, flocking of birds, Facebook communities, and stock prices have in common? 

Many natural and social phenomena may be viewed as inherently computational; they evolve patterns of information that can be described...

How did the universe begin? Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explains what we know about the Big Bang and explores the mysteries of our universe.

One of the most amazing things we discovered in science is that everything is made of small particles. It's the properties of these molecules, atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles that allow us to answer ­simple questions like: why is grass...

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 ...

In 2013, Freeman Dyson celebrated his ninetieth birthday and also marked his sixtieth year as a Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, the longest tenure of any Faculty member in the Institute’s history. When Dyson first arrived as a...

I should admit at the outset to a guilty conscience. I should have been a physicist (it was my best subject), but around the age of fifteen was converted to the humanities by an enthusiastic English teacher who had been a professional actor....

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. The Institute is devoted to creating and sup­porting these experiences and the resulting, often surprising, advancements in knowledge.