Faculty

Myles W. Jackson, an internationally renowned historian of science whose breadth of research extends from molecular biology and physics to intellectual property and privacy issues, has been appointed to the Faculty of the School of Historical Studies, effective July 1, 2018. Jackson is currently the...
“The Noah’s Ark Egg is a way of making space colonies highly cost-effective. They’re very cheap, and also very powerful. They’re using miniaturization to spread life in the universe, not just for exploring," said Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural...
“Always when things are dull, something turns up to challenge us and to stop us from settling into a rut. Examples of things which made life difficult are all around us: comet impacts, ice ages, weapons, plagues, nuclear fission, computers, sex, sin and death. Not...
National Academy of Sciences
Matias Zaldarriaga , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, Sanjeev Arora , Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, and five former Members are among those newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Nautilus presents short excerpts from nine of Freeman Dyson ’s letters taken from his new book Maker of Patterns, with a focus on his relationship with the physicist Richard Feynman. Dyson and Feynman had both professional and personal bonds: Dyson helped interpret...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke with physicist and author Lisa Randall at the New York Public Library on April 10, 2018, about his new book Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters (Liveright, 2018), a personal...
Didier Fassin , James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has been recognized with the 2018 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award, which is presented to exceptional scientists in support of their exploration of unconventional academic paths. The first social scientist to receive...
The history of each branch of science can be divided into three phases. The first phase is exploration, to see what nature is doing. The second phase is precise observation and measurement, to describe nature accurately. The third phase is explanation, to build theories that...
Kai Bird of the New York Times reviews Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson 's Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters (Liveright, 2018), writing: "He knew Albert Einstein , Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger and, well, just about anyone worth knowing in the...
Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Edinburgh. The award, presented by the University's Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, is in recognition of Professor Scott’s...
The Institute for Advanced Study will celebrate the publication of Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters by Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, with a public event at 5:30 p.m. on Friday , April...
Ann Finkbeiner of Nature reviews Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters (Liveright, 2018) by Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, writing: “Dyson notices everything. He describes Americans’ friendliness as a result of their inattention to the...