Natural Sciences

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.
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Nature has asked seven leading thinkers, including Freeman J. Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, and Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, to select one book from history that speaks to...
Schmidt Futures has awarded $1 million to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) to leverage advances in high-performance computing to understand challenging astrophysical problems. The project, led by James M. Stone , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, seeks to deepen our understanding...
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...
Hirosi Ooguri at lunch
Hirosi Ooguri , former Visiting Professor (2015) and Member (1988–89) in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded a Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, conferred by Japan's Emperor Naruhito on November 3, 2019. The Medal of Honor was established in 1881 by...
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...
Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor
Robbert Dijkgraaf , IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, will give the public lecture "Einstein's Dream—From the Big Bang to Black Holes" during the opening celebration of the Princeton Gravity Initiative on Thursday, November 7. Dijkgraaf will speak about the current golden era of...
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...