Scott Tremaine first came to the Institute for Advanced Study as a Member in 1978 and has been the Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences since 2007. He has made seminal contributions to understanding the formation and evolution of planetary systems, comets, black holes, star clusters, galaxies, and galaxy systems.
On May 3, 2019, Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the
IAS 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*. The talk focuses on what we know...
On April 26, 2018, the Institute community gathered to celebrate
Ideas 2017–18 with talks by IAS Members––deep
ideas explained in under 20 minutes with no slides or
chalk––followed by audience discussions moderated by
Faculty. The program concluded...
Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences,
Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor in the School, Member Doron
Kushnir, and Junior Visiting Professor Nadia Zakamska discuss
LIGO's recent detection of gravitational waves...
Black holes are among the strangest predictions of
Einstein’s general theory of relativity: regions of spacetime
in which gravity is so strong that nothing—not even
light—can escape. More precisely, a black hole is a
singularity in spacetime...
Pluto, the ninth planet in our solar system1 was discovered in
1930, the same year the Institute was founded. While the Institute
hosted more than five thousand members in the following sixty-five
years, not a single new planet was discovered during...
The stability of the solar system is one of the oldest problems
in theoretical physics, dating back to Isaac Newton. After Newton
discovered his famous laws of motion and gravity, he used these to
determine the motion of a single planet around the...
For slightly over a year, I have largely put aside my longtime
interests in the foundations of quantum mechanics and in particle
physics, and have been working on dark matter. This interest came
about in two different ways. The first was a paper on...
One of the remarkable discoveries in astrophysics has been the
recognition that the material we see and are familiar with, which
makes up the earth, the sun, the stars, and everyday objects, such
as a table, is only a small fraction of all of the...