Science

Theoretical astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan writes in the New York Review of Books : In the late nineteenth century, the term “computer” referred not to a machine but to a person who took measurements, graphed data, and made calculations that helped interpret information and...
Klaus Taschwer of Der Standard reviews The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press, March 2017) by founding IAS Director Abraham Flexner with a companion essay by current IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf . Of Flexner's...
By radically reducing the amount of scientific research U.S. scientists can do, the president’s budget willfully ignores 400 years of thinking about innovation and knowledge—and seven decades of the United States’ advantage in the world. “It’s like we’ve forgotten we went through a scientific revolution,”...
Dick Ahlstrom of the Irish Times writes: A remarkable discovery was made in a laboratory at Trinity College Dublin about a year ago, one that may change all our lives in the future. Or maybe not. It was the unexpected...
In 1934, David Hilbert, by then a grand old man of German mathematics, was dining with Bernhard Rust, the Nazi minister of education. Rust asked, “How is mathematics at Göttingen, now that it is free from the Jewish influence?” Hilbert replied, “There is no mathematics...
Four science writers, including frequent Director's Visitor Siobhan Roberts , explain how the impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines? Read more at...
Doctors and scientists from disparate fields are joining forces to find a breakthrough for tough-to-treat pancreatic cancer, one of medicine’s most lethal malignancies. What insight might an expert on black holes bring to the war on cancer? The answer lies in an emerging transformation of...
Is there a boundary to our knowledge? Are there fundamental limits to science?
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, reflects on his early encounters with science in his childhood attic in the Netherlands. View the video http://ow.ly/41Wh300CPEg .
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, examines how the increasingly complex border between science and society is changing both.