Natural Sciences

Myles W. Jackson , newly appointed Professor in the School of Historical Studies will give his first IAS public lecture, "Genes, Patents, and Race: The History of Science as a Bridge Between Disciplines" on Friday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn...
Adrian Hamers , Peter Svennilson Member in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 Christiaan Huygens Science Award. The prize, conferred by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Christiaan Huygens Science Award Foundation, is presented annually to...
Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas. The prize recognizes Maldacena’s 1997 theoretical discovery of a deep...
In her reflection on immigration and the importance of the past, Brain Pickings' Maria Popova recalls a letter written by Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson, dated January 2, 1948, a piece of which she excerpts from his epistolary memoir Maker of Patterns (Liveright, 2018): “Several of...
"The whole point about science is that anything important always comes as a surprise," says Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in an interview with the Arik Korman Show. Hear more from Dyson on breakthroughs, legends,...
Stephen Adler , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke to science writers contributing to Scientific American and New Scientist about testing models that seek to explain quantum measurement by subtly modifying quantum mechanics––a field in which he has been active for...
Approximately 166 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 76 different institutions, representing 21 countries, will participate in “From Qubits to Spacetime,” the theme of Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) 2018, an intensive two-week summer program of the Institute for Advanced Study to be held July...
Of the Hubble Space Telescope, John Norris Bahcall , former Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and colleagues wrote, “What is at stake is not only a piece of stellar technology but our commitment to the most fundamental human quest: understanding the cosmos...
Brain Pickings' Maria Popova describes a moment of creative breakthrough from Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson 's Maker of Patterns (Liveright, 2018): “Suddenly, in what Dyson terms a 'flash of illumination on the Greyhound bus,' everything fell into place — he saw the equivalence of...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, sat down with 52 Insights to discuss life, evolution, the limitations of science, and more: "If you just look at the struggle for existence in the last million years when...
The Strings 2018 conference, which convened international experts and researchers to discuss string theory, took place from June 25–29, 2018, in Okinawa, Japan. The annual international Strings conferences, which have been held every year since 1995, are focal points in the field, with scientists from...
Nima Arkani-Hamed , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, delivered the public lecture “The End of Spacetime” at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, on June 19. Watch Arkani-Hamed discuss the union of quantum mechanics and gravity, prospects for spacetime, and...