Meet the newest members at the Institute for Advanced Study and discover their unique passion for curiosity-driven research. Learn why free-floating, open-ended research is more important than ever as the world seeks new solutions and breakthrough ideas.
Sonja van Wichelen is focused on bioscience governance and global inequality—a particularly important topic to understand in the midst of a pandemic. She talks about her father’s inspiration and her hope for a more equitable society.
Jo Dunkley is an astrophysicist who studies the origins and evolution of the universe. In this short video she explains how her love of mathematics helped her realize that math tools can help us find answers to questions about our world.
How do we teach something we don’t yet know? In today’s Scholar Spotlight, Historical Studies Member Anna Bokov discusses her research on architecture and design pedagogy, the pursuit of truth and beauty, and breaking the rules (and making your own).
Ask yourself this question: Can one hear the shape of a drum?
In this episode of Scholar Spotlight, mathematician and number theorist Terrence Blackman discusses his quest to expand understanding in the realm of spectroscopy. Learn about the strides Terrence is making in both spectral geometry and in surfacing the important work of African American mathematicians through his upcoming book showcasing their contributions to the field.
Join Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, as he opens the jewel box of scholarship at the Institute to explore what drives its talented members. Learn why free-floating, open-ended research is more important than ever as the world seeks new solutions and breakthrough ideas.