Mathematics

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
Created by Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, the artwork above depicts Russian nesting dolls that try 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...
Akshay Venkatesh, Robert and Luisa Fernholz Professor in the School of Mathematics, and a 2018 recipient of the Fields Medal, will deliver the public lecture “Primes and Knots” on October 25, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. To register, please click here ...
Nima Arkani-Hamed at the blackboard

IAS News

October 16, 2019
“The revolutionary theories of well-known scientists such as Einstein , Oppenheimer , and Gödel have changed the world. But how do the world's greatest thinkers achieve a breakthrough?” In the new film The World of Thinking , documentarians Thomas Blom and...
Karen Uhlenbeck poses for a headshot at the blackboard
Karen Uhlenbeck , Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, has been named a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Uhlenbeck is recognized "for her groundbreaking and profound contributions to modern geometric analysis; for establishing a career as one of the...
Alex Eskin , a frequent Member in the School of Mathematics who is returning for the 2019–20 academic year, has been awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics . Eskin is recognized for revolutionary discoveries in the dynamics and geometry of moduli spaces of...
In 2012, Hao Huang , Member (2012–13) and Visitor (2013­–14) in the School of Mathematics, first learned about the sensitivity conjecture over lunch at the Institute from Michael Saks , a Visitor (2005­–06) in the School. Speaking with Quanta Magazine ’s...
Peter Sarnak speaks at the podium
Peter Sarnak , Professor in the School of Mathematics, has been awarded the 2019 Sylvester Medal by the Royal Society. Conferred annually, the award honors outstanding researchers in the field of mathematics. Sarnak is recognized "for transformational contributions across number theory, combinatorics, analysis, and...
Artist's representation of Nils Barricelli
"In 1953, at the dawn of modern computing, Nils Aall Barricelli played God. Clutching a deck of playing cards in one hand and a stack of punched cards in the other, Barricelli hovered over one of the world’s earliest and most influential computers,...