Robbert Dijkgraaf

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"In a perverse way, the refutation of a great conjecture can be even better news than its success, since the failure makes clear that our imagined map of the mathematical world is seriously wrong. Defeat can be productive, the reverse of a Pyrrhic victory." In a column for Quanta Magazine , Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, covers how conjectures are proven, what makes a particular one great, and the role conjecture plays in the advancement of mathematics.
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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 .
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.
In writing about the first image of a black hole, released today by the Event Horizon Telescope Project, Nsikan Akpan of PBS News Hour enlists the perspective of Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, for insights on the mysterious nature of black holes, the importance of international collaborations, and why an image of a black hole matters.
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Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, a society of outstanding scientists, artists, and business leaders.
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Addressing an audience at Vrije Universiteit Brussel on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, spoke on the state of science today: “Simply put, we are moving to the next level. The previous century can be characterized as the search for the building blocks of reality....This century will explore the brave new world that can be constructed with these building blocks, in our labs and in our minds.”
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On March 10, 2019, Science Channel commemorated the one-year anniversary of the death of Stephen Hawking with a two-hour special titled "Einstein and Hawking: Unlocking the Universe." The program explores the groundbreaking scientific contributions of Hawking and founding Professor Albert Einstein from the...
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...
Robbert Dijkgraaf lectures at the podium
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study, has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), to be presented on April 2, 2019. The university will confer seven honorary doctorates on this day...
Scientists are poised to unlock the quantum revolution, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study, tells NBC News . “Everything from quantum computers to quantum materials holds the promise to redesign industry and influence our lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways.”
"Quantum Questions Inspire New Math," a column for Quanta Magazine by Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf , has been selected for inclusion in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2018 , edited by Mircea Pitici (Princeton University...
Dennis Overbye of the New York Times surveys the state of contemporary physics, highlighting a recent column by Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf for Quanta Magazine.