Mathematics

Ahmed Almheiri speaks on the stage at Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2021 Breakthrough and New Horizons Prizes, including current Member Ahmed Almheiri (New Horizons Prize in Physics) and former Member Martin Hairer (Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics). 2021 New Horizons in Physics Prize...
When particle physicists try to model experiments, they confront an impossible calculation — an infinitely long equation that lies beyond the reach of modern mathematics. But three recent papers from a group of physicists led by...
Dor Minzer speaks in front of the blackboard in the Dilworth Room at the IAS
Dor Yosef Minzer , Member in the School of Mathematics, has been awarded the 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. The honor recognizes Minzer’s dissertation “On Monotonicity Testing and the 2-to-2-Games Conjecture” ( PDF ). According to the...
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“Trying to appreciate mathematics without understanding its inner workings is like reading a description of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony instead of hearing it.” Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, on the differences between generic and exceptional beauty, and why one type of beauty proves more useful in describing the universe.
Helmut Hofer, Alondra Nelson, James Stone
Helmut Hofer , Hermann Weyl Professor in the School of Mathematics, Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, and James Stone , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, have been elected to the American Academy...
The 2020 Abel Prize is jointly awarded to Gregory Margulis , former Member (1991, 2006) in the School of Mathematics, and Hillel Furstenberg. Margulis, of Yale University, and Furstenberg, of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, are cited by the Abel Committee for “pioneering the...
Joy of x podcast
On the podcast "The Joy of x," mathematician Steven Strogatz and Robbert Dijkgraaf , IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, explore quantum reality, discussing the frontiers of string theory and why space and time might not be the most fundamental things in the universe.
Karen Uhlenbeck
From Time Magazine : “In a year marked by division, women everywhere pushed the world forward—and many made history, shattering long-standing glass ceilings to become ‘firsts’ in their fields. ... American mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck became the first woman to win the prestigious Abel...
Illustration by Robbert Dijkgraaf
The artwork by Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, depicts Russian nesting to capture the different scales of knowledge about the natural world, from the largest matryoshka doll that depicts our universe through the cosmic microwave background, the “first light” emitted soon after the Big Bang, to the smallest doll, the Planck scale, where spacetime becomes a quantum phenomenon.
Edward Witten speaks at the podium in Simons Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study
Edward Witten , Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Other elected scholars include Shirley M. Tilghman, IAS Trustee; William Nielsen Brandt , Visitor (2005–06) in the...
Phillip Griffiths
Phillip Griffiths , former IAS Director (1991–2003) and current Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Russian Academy of Sciences is a state academy that aims to ensure the continuity and...
Karen Uhlenbeck , Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, will be awarded the 2020 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the American Mathematical Society. Uhlenbeck is recognized "for her long-lasting influence in geometric topology and analysis and for her mentorship...