The Institute for Advanced Study

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...

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March 01, 2018
December 7, 1947 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York Yesterday I had a talk with [Hans] Bethe about my future. . . . He said I should spend the second year at Princeton with [J. Robert] Oppenheimer, and that Oppenheimer would be glad to look after...
John Timmer of Ars Technica reviews The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press, March 2017) by founding IAS Director Abraham Flexner with a companion essay by current IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf . Of the book, Timmer writes, "In it are...
Though it may seem far removed from the noise of the contemporary world, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has a long history of combating threats to its scholars and their work. Recent executive orders by President Trump attempting to enforce travel bans and immigration...
Einstein’s general theory of relativity taught us that the universe is expanding, but we have only recently discovered the pace of that expansion and its consequences. View the video at Business Insider as Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon...
The revised executive order unnecessarily and unfairly singles out and impedes the ability of people from six Middle Eastern and African countries from traveling to the United States unless they already hold visas or green cards. This order, as with the previous order issued in...
On April 30, 1939, under the gathering storm clouds of war, the New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Its theme was The World of Tomorrow. ... Some of the displayed innovations were truly visionary. ... Albert Einstein , honorary chair...
Narayana Murthy, Institute Trustee, entrepreneur, and visionary leader, has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Global Innovation, a distinction that is among the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello's highest honors. Murthy, who founded and grew Infosys into an...
Craig A. Tovey of Science Magazine reviews The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press, March 2017) by founding IAS Director Abraham Flexner with a companion essay by current IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf . The book, Tovey writes, "makes a strong case for...
Scott McLemme of Inside Higher Ed reviews The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press, March 2017) by founding IAS Director Abraham Flexner with a companion essay by current IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf. Of the book, McLemme writes of Dijkgraaf's observation that “a...
The Institute for Advanced Study, since its founding in 1930, has provided an unbiased environment for international scholars to pursue vital and groundbreaking work in the sciences and humanities. Its mission is to recruit the world’s most prominent scholars, “in the spirit of America at...
The following is a letter sent by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, to the Institute Board of Trustees, Faculty and Emeriti, and Staff, on January 30, 2017.