Albert Einstein

Writing of The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge by IAS founding Director Abraham Flexner and current Director Robbert Dijkgraaf, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will observes that the book “read in the right government places, might inoculate the nation against philistine utilitarianism.” Will continues: “The...
Scientific American's John Horgan profiles John Archibald Wheeler , a leading theoretical physicist of the twentieth century and former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, writing: “He has spent his career racing ahead of other scientists and throwing open doors for them. He...
Jeremy Bernstein , Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences from 1957–1959, gives a personal account of his time at the Institute, third IAS Director J. Robert Oppenheimer , whom he calls a "man of fashion in physics," and the field of theoretical...
Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2018 Albert Einstein Medal, awarded annually by the Albert Einstein Society in Bern to honor individuals for outstanding scientific findings related to Einstein. Maldacena is recognized...
"By investing in basic science, we are addressing all other issues. Think about the money we spend in defense or the money we have to spend in health care or education, you want to do it in a smart way. For instance, these days we...
“It’s not easy being a 'theory of everything.' A TOE has the very tough job of fitting gravity into the quantum laws of nature in such a way that, on large scales, gravity looks like curves in the fabric of space-time, as Albert Einstein described...
Albert Einstein said that the “most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” He was right to be astonished. Human brains evolved to be adaptable, but our underlying neural architecture has barely changed since our ancestors roamed the savannah and coped...
Physicist Paul Halpern explores the role played by John Archibald Wheeler , former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, in the relationship between former Professor Albert Einstein and former Member Niels Bohr and their debates surrounding quantum mechanics, writing:...