Mathematics

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,...
Tracy Slatyer lectures in Bloomberg Lecture Hall
Tracy Slatyer , Junior Visiting Professor (2018–19) and Member (2010–13) in the School of Natural Sciences, Thomas Hartman , Member (2010–13) in the School, and Lillian B. Pierce , von Neumann Fellow (2017–18) in the School of Mathematics, have been named recipients...
Graham Farmelo speaks at "The Universe Speaks in Numbers," a day of talks at IAS celebrating Farmelo's new book of the same name.
Frequent Director's Visitor Graham Farmelo has interviewed IAS scholars past and present—including Nima Arkani-Hamed, Sir Michael Atiyah, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Freeman Dyson, Michael Green, Juan Maldacena, Greg Moore, Sir Roger Penrose, and Edward Witten—to discuss mathematics, physics, and the interplay between them.
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Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters made a short film about Karen Uhlenbeck , Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, in conjunction with the 2019 Abel Prize she received “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems,...
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"In a perverse way, the refutation of a great conjecture can be even better news than its success, since the failure makes clear that our imagined map of the mathematical world is seriously wrong. Defeat can be productive, the reverse of a Pyrrhic victory." In a column for Quanta Magazine , Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, covers how conjectures are proven, what makes a particular one great, and the role conjecture plays in the advancement of mathematics.
The American Mathematical Society has awarded the 2019 Award for Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference to the Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study for its "outstanding program of encouraging women to pursue advanced study and careers in mathematics."...