Off the Path — Garden State: The Institute of ‘Useless Knowledge’

Reporter Davis Dunavin takes a tour of the Institute for WSHU Public Radio:

"The Institute for Advanced Study doesn’t have any students or classes. There’s no regular daily agenda full of meetings and conferences. The scholars here don’t even have to research any specific topic. They could spend their whole day walking the grounds or sitting by the lake.

'Whatever you do, it’s something you choose to do,' [Robbert] Dijkgraaf says. 'People are really refreshed when they spend some time here. They have different thoughts, they have deeper thoughts. Often they come here with a specific project in mind, and then decide to do something much more interesting.'"

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