Chris Maddison, Member (2019–20) in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Mathematics, works on the development of methods for machine learning, with a focus on deep learning. He is an assistant professor at the

Karen Uhlenbeck is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. A founder of modern geometric analysis, she is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin

Sanjeev Arora is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Specializing in the theory of deep learning, with an interest in

The twenty-sixth annual Women and Mathematics (WAM) Program, “Topics in Geometric Analysis,” was held May 18–24, 2019, at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Participants explored dynamic shapes and surfaces, along with the equations that...

*Mathematics and Computation: A Theory Revolutionizing Technology and Science *(Princeton University Press, 2019)....

The Institute's School of Mathematics held the workshop "Theory of Deep Learning: Where Next?" October 15–18, 2019, as part of the School's special year on Optimization, Statistics, and Theoretical Machine Learning.

The workshop brought ...

**Chris J. Maddison**, Member in the School of Mathematics and a Senior Research Scientist at DeepMind, is developing methods for machine learning and exploring...

In mathematics, there are many surprising parallels between problems in the theory of numbers and questions in three-dimensional geometry.

In "Primes and Knots," a public lecture at the Institute for Advanced Study that took place October...

Genetics is today engaged in practices of identity formation, in philanthropy and socioeconomic development projects, as corroborating evidence in civil litigation and historical debates, and elsewhere.

UNESCO recognized Hagia Sophia as a World Heritage Monument because of its significance as a symbol of cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia. The combination of Christian and Islamic elements—mosaics and minarets—made the successive layers of history visible. Its conversion into a site of worship is unprecedented.

“We feel strongly that the spirit characteristic of America at its noblest, above all the pursuit of higher learning, cannot admit of any conditions as to personnel other than those designed to promote the objects for which this institution is established, and particularly with no regard whatever to accidents of race, creed, or sex.”

Like everyone who lives in a heavily policed neighborhood, I grew up with a keen sense of being watched. Family, friends, and neighbors—all of us caught up in a carceral web, in which other people’s safety and freedom are predicated on our containment.

Much of the theory of knots is best understood in the framework of 20th- and 21st-century developments in quantum physics. In other words, what really fascinates me are not the knots per se but the connections between the knots and quantum physics.

In mathematics, there are many surprising parallels between problems in the theory of numbers and questions in three-dimensional geometry. Akshay Venkatesh explains some of this story, and how it continues to inform research.

On researching the dynamics of race-making and the value of the Middle Ages to the work of racial justice

In hindsight, it is strange that the Rubik’s Cube ever became so popular considering how hard it is.

The Institute is a remarkably modest place. Like all Members, I was provided a lovely apartment, a simple office (with computer), access to libraries, lunch in the dining hall, tea in the afternoon. So how does new knowledge come out of such a simple mix?

Sara Seager on her search (as of 2013) for expolanetary lifeforms.

Science historian Myles Jackson, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, with Joanne Lipman, IAS Distinguished Journalism Fellow, discuss why Germany has been more successful in combating Covid-19, the perils of gene patenting, and how cello playing led to his scientific pursuits.

When I arrived at the Institute, I thought I knew exactly what I would accomplish as a Member in the School of Historical Studies… However, through a chance encounter with a nineteenth-century musical artifact, my carefully crafted research schedule was completely derailed.

In 1916, social theorist Thorstein Veblen called for the post-war institution of “academic houses of refuge . . . where teachers and students of all nationalities, including Americans with the rest, may pursue their chosen work.”

During my stay at the Institute, I studied little-known but amazing Old Babylonian tablets. These tablets show that the ancient scribes developed sophisticated tools for writing complex mathematical expressions and thought deeply about the nature of an equation.

What would inconsistency of the first order arithmetic mean for mathematics? What we need are foundations which can be used to construct reliable proofs despite being inconsistent.

Thank you to our scholars and supporters for joining us in our mission to push knowledge forward. Happy birthday, IAS!

Politicians and other leaders have regularly framed the current global health crisis as a period of “wartime.” In this 2012 article, Mary Dudziak, Member (2007–08) in the School of Social Science, examines the meaning of “wartime,” investigating the temporal element in warfare and the ways war structures our conception of time.

View a video in which Sabine Schmidtke, Professor of Islamic Intellectual History in the School of Historical Studies, discusses the vast, global, and indispensable Islamic manuscript tradition that is currently under immediate threat.