Natural Sciences

Juan Maldacena speaks on stage in Wolfensohn Hall
On October 18, Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires. During the ceremony, Maldacena will give a lecture titled "Black Holes and Quantum Entanglement." The ceremony...
At the center of our galaxy, millions of stars whirl in orbits around a supermassive black hole. This circuit can take anywhere from a few hours for stars close to the event horizon of the black hole to thousands of years for their distant neighbors...
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...
Matias Zaldarriaga stands with the entrance sign at the Institute for Advanced Study
Writing for Clarín VIVA , Paula Lugones profiles Matias Zaldarriaga , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences. The two discuss how Zaldarriaga became interested in astronomy and physics, current investigations into the Big Bang, and the future of basic research in Zaldarriaga’s native...
Arnold J. Levine, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, was among the first researchers to independently isolate the p53 protein in 1979. A recognized leader in cancer research and mentor to countless young scholars, Levine’s distinguished career has spanned various branches 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...
Rashid Sunyaev , Maureen and John Hendricks Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences , has received the 2019 Dirac Medal along with Viatcheslav Mukhanov , a former Member (2002) in the School now Cosmology Chair at the...
Where does Clay Cordova , Long-term Member in the School of Natural Sciences since 2015, go to think? "The Institute for Advanced Study has an afternoon tea time, where he grabs a coffee and a cookie and heads out to a nearby pond to...
Portrait of Jay Pasachoff
Jay Pasachoff , Member (1989–90) in the School of Natural Sciences, has received the 2019 Klumpke-Roberts Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. First awarded to Carl Sagan in 1974, the honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy...
A pioneering mission that traces its roots back to the Soviet Union achieved liftoff on July 13, 2019. Rashid Sunyaev , Maureen and John Hendricks Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, helped conceive of the venture more than 15 years ago...
The Strings 2019 conference held July 9–13 in Brussels, Belgium, featured talks with Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute; School of Natural Sciences Professors Juan Maldacena, Edward Witten, Nima Arkani-Hamed, and Nathan Seiberg; and IAS scholars past and present.
The worlds of theoretical physics and biology will soon collide during Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) on the Institute for Advanced Study campus. The IAS program will welcome dozens of acclaimed experts from around the world, including those specializing in DNA structure and...