Natural Sciences

Benjamin Greenbaum , Visitor in the Institute's Simons Center for Systems Biology , is among the seven winners of the 2018 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, awarded annually to promising early career, New York City-area cancer research scientists...
Barak Zackay , Member in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded a 2017 Ph.D. Prize by the International Astronomical Union. The IAU prize recognizes outstanding scientific achievements in astronomy by Ph.D. students around the world. Zackay is honored for his work on...
The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Dutch astronomer and chemist Ewine Fleur van Dishoeck to its Board of Trustees, effective May 5, 2018. Van Dishoeck is Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at the University of Leiden, External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for...
In celebration of what would be physicist Richard Feynman's 100th birthday, the California Institute of Technology hosted a special two-day event (May 11–12, 2018) featuring his friends and family and some of the top scientists of today, including Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor ...
“The Noah’s Ark Egg is a way of making space colonies highly cost-effective. They’re very cheap, and also very powerful. They’re using miniaturization to spread life in the universe, not just for exploring," said Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural...
“Always when things are dull, something turns up to challenge us and to stop us from settling into a rut. Examples of things which made life difficult are all around us: comet impacts, ice ages, weapons, plagues, nuclear fission, computers, sex, sin and death. Not...
Philip Perry of Big Think asks, "What's our position in the universe?" Referencing the work of Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and former Members in the School Daniel Louis Jafferis , Leonard Susskind...
Nautilus presents short excerpts from nine of Freeman Dyson ’s letters taken from his new book Maker of Patterns, with a focus on his relationship with the physicist Richard Feynman. Dyson and Feynman had both professional and personal bonds: Dyson helped interpret...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke with physicist and author Lisa Randall at the New York Public Library on April 10, 2018, about his new book Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters (Liveright, 2018), a personal...
The history of each branch of science can be divided into three phases. The first phase is exploration, to see what nature is doing. The second phase is precise observation and measurement, to describe nature accurately. The third phase is explanation, to build theories that...
Juna Kollmeier , former Junior Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, wants to understand the substance of the universe: What forms space structures like galaxies, supermassive black holes, and the intergalactic medium that fills the gaps between galaxies? “On every physical scale...
Physicist Brian Keating details the process by which breakthrough scientific results can be reached and announced, then peer reviewed and debunked. Though his team believed they'd proven cosmological inflation, a Nobel Prize-worthy discovery if confirmed, the larger cosmology community, including Professor Matias Zaldarriaga, Member James...