Natural Sciences

Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending...
A new study, conducted to better understand the origin of the universe, has provided insight into some of the most enduring questions in fundamental physics: How can the Standard Model of particle physics be extended to explain the cosmological excess of matter over antimatter? What...
Freeman J. Dyson , theoretical physicist and writer, who embraced the stunning diversity of the universe with unique spirit, died on February 28, 2020 in a hospital near Princeton, NJ at the age of 96. Dyson generated revolutionary scientific insights, including calculations bridging the...
James Stone and Scott Tremaine
James Stone , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Scott Tremaine , Richard Black Professor in the School, have been named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). This new accolade honors AAS members for extraordinary achievement and service. Fellows are...
Scott Tremaine
Scott Tremaine , Richard Black Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded the 2020 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship from the American Astronomical Society. Selected annually, the Russell Lecturer is chosen on the basis of a lifetime of eminence in astronomical research...
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...