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The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome is collaborating with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, to provide open access to approximately 5,000 digitized Zaydi manuscripts from Yemen and neighboring countries that are held by Italian libraries. Earlier this year,...
In her reflection on immigration and the importance of the past, Brain Pickings' Maria Popova recalls a letter written by Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson, dated January 2, 1948, a piece of which she excerpts from his epistolary memoir Maker of Patterns (Liveright, 2018): “Several of...
Michael Giudici and Akshay Venkatesh became friends in their second-year studies, when Giudici was 18. Venkatesh was 12. He is believed to be the youngest person to enroll at the University of Western Australia. “And he was much better than all the rest of us,”...
"The whole point about science is that anything important always comes as a surprise," says Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in an interview with the Arik Korman Show. Hear more from Dyson on breakthroughs, legends,...
Akshay Venkatesh , a world-leading mathematician and recent appointee to the Faculty of the Institute, has been awarded a 2018 Fields Medal for his “profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.” Quanta 's Erica Klarreich writes: “Most mathematicians struggle to...
“He truly is a universal mathematician,” said mathematician Jordan Ellenberg of Akshay Venkatesh , 2018 Fields medalist and recent appointee to the Faculty of the Institute's School of Mathematics. “His work has gone in a lot of different directions.” Read more about the 2018...
Stephen Adler , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke to science writers contributing to Scientific American and New Scientist about testing models that seek to explain quantum measurement by subtly modifying quantum mechanics––a field in which he has been active for...
Of the Hubble Space Telescope, John Norris Bahcall , former Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and colleagues wrote, “What is at stake is not only a piece of stellar technology but our commitment to the most fundamental human quest: understanding the cosmos...
Brain Pickings' Maria Popova describes a moment of creative breakthrough from Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson 's Maker of Patterns (Liveright, 2018): “Suddenly, in what Dyson terms a 'flash of illumination on the Greyhound bus,' everything fell into place — he saw the equivalence of...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, sat down with 52 Insights to discuss life, evolution, the limitations of science, and more: "If you just look at the struggle for existence in the last million years when...
The Strings 2018 conference, which convened international experts and researchers to discuss string theory, took place from June 25–29, 2018, in Okinawa, Japan. The annual international Strings conferences, which have been held every year since 1995, are focal points in the field, with scientists from...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, sat down with Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society for a conversation about Dyson Spheres, black holes, gravitational waves, and more, saying: "The universe is just full of things we don't understand. That's...