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In the Media

April 22, 2019
Listen to the BBC Radio 3 broadcast by Director's Visitor (2018) Sally Marlow , who interviews IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf , and Professors Joan Wallach Scott , Freeman J. Dyson , Nima Arkani-Hamed , and Myles W. Jackson .
James M. Stone, a world renowned computational astrophysicist, whose research is focused on fluid dynamics—in particular numerical solutions to the equations of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in an astrophysical context—has been appointed to the Faculty of the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study,...
On April 18, Robbert Dijkgraaf , IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor hosted an "Ask Me Anything" session on the AskScience Reddit forum, coordinated in partnership with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute , a co-organizer with the IAS and MoMath of the National Math Festival , which will take place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
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Nima Arkani-Hamed , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will give a special public lecture at Cornell University on Wednesday, April 24. Arkani-Hamed's lecture, "What’s the Point of Doing Fundamental Science?," will ask why we should dedicate financial and intellectual resources to questions...
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Project, which aims to capture the first-ever image of a black hole, will make a major announcement on Wednesday, April 10, at 9:00 a.m. EST (13:00 UTC) that can be viewed live from the player above. With properties...
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Edward van den Heuvel , Visitor (1974) in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded, with Alexander V. Tutukov and Lev R. Yungelson, the 2018 Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize. The prize, which comes with a monetary award of about $300,000, is awarded...
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"The world has all kinds of long-term problems, some of which might seem impossible to solve. So it’s important to have a group of people who, over centuries, give a concrete template for how to go about grappling with and ultimately conquering seemingly impossible problems,...
Albert Einstein , IAS Founding Faculty member, and Stephen Hawking are two of the most influential scientific figures in recent history, contributing enormously to our current understanding of the universe. As the one-year anniversary of Hawking’s death approaches, the Science Channel will air a...
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Writing for Nautilus, George Musser , Director's Visitor and Scientific American contributing editor, highlights current work by Andrew Strominger , Member (1982–1987) in the School of Natural Sciences. Strominger and colleagues are investigating how two nearly identical formulas that concern how gravity...
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"Our double task is now to preserve and foster both biological evolution as Nature designed it and cultural evolution as we invented it, trying to achieve the benefits of both, and exercising a wise restraint to limit the damage when they come into conflict," writes...
Juan Maldacena, Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will be the first recipient of the Galileo Galilei Medal, established by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in collaboration with the Galileo Galilei Institute. The award recognizes Maldacena for “his pioneering...
Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, will deliver the Abdus Salam Distinguished Lectures on January 28, 29, and 30, 2019 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. The lecture series is an annual presentation...