IAS in the News

 Highlights from recent media coverage of the Institute for Advanced Study

Studies of Universe’s Expansion Win Physics Nobel

New York Times
by Dennis Overbye, October 4, 2011
“Three astronomers won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for discovering that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious force that cosmologists now call dark energy, a finding that has thrown the fate of the universe and indeed the nature of physics into doubt. . . .”
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Saul Perlmutter is a former Member (2011) in the School of Natural Sciences; Albert Einstein was Professor (1933–46) and Professor Emeritus (1946–55) in the School of Mathematics; and Edward Witten is Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences.
 

Medieval Devotion and Miraculous Bones

Chronicle of Higher Education
by Peter Monaghan, July 1, 2011
“As the precursor of today's West, the West of the Middle Ages might seem readily knowable. Not so, says Caroline Walker Bynum. . . .”
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Caroline Walker Bynum is Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies.

 

Feminism? A Foreign Import

New York Times
by Joan Wallach Scott, May 20, 2011
“French political culture has long tolerated behavior like Strauss-Kahn's, explaining it as a trait of national character—part of what the historian Mona Ozouf referred to as "the art of seduction. . . ."
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Joan Wallach Scott is Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science.

 

A Labor of Love, New Institute History Documents “Curiosity Driven Research”

Town Topics
by Ellen Gilbert, March 2, 2011
“ ‘I think you can tell that I’m enamored of the place,’ said writer Linda Arntzenius in a recent interview about her new book, Images of America: Institute for Advanced Study. . . .”
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Images of America: Institute for Advanced Study, by Linda G. Arntzenius, was published in February 2011 by Arcadia Publishing.
Princeton Magazine
by Ellen Gilbert, February 2011
“It comes as no surprise that the 87-year old ‘retired’ physicist Freeman Dyson is absolutely delighted about recent Wikileaks of U.S. State Department information. . . .”
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Freeman Dyson is Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
by David Templeton, January 14, 2011
“And you thought the fruit fly was just a pesky little insect that likes rotten apples. Actually the fly, or at least its nervous system, has inspired a better way to organize and operate computer networks, especially wireless sensor networks. . . .”
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Noga Alon is a frequent Member and Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics.

 

New York Times
by William Grimes, January 13, 2011
“Oleg Grabar, a historian of Islamic art and architecture whose imposingly broad range and analytical subtlety helped transform the Western study of Islamic culture, died Saturday at his home in Princeton, N.J. . . .”
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Oleg Grabar was Professor (1990–98) and Professor Emeritus (1998–2011) in the School of Historical Studies.

 

Nature
by Neil Turok, January 13, 2011
“Generations of physicists have spent much of their lives using Richard Feynman's famous diagrams to calculate how particles interact. New mathematical tools are simplifying the results and suggesting improved underlying principles. . . .”
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Nima Arkani-Hamed is Professor in the School of Natural Sciences; Edward Witten is Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences; Luis Fernando Alday (2007–10), Zvi Bern (1992–93), Ruth Britto (2002–05), Freddy Cachazo (2002–05, 2009–10), Bo Feng (2002–05), and Kenneth G. Wilson (1972) are former Members in the School of Natural Sciences; and Roger Penrose is a former Visitor (1980) in the School of Mathematics.

 

Washington Post
by Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science, December 19, 2010
“Every year, college tuition goes up faster than inflation, and public figures respond with outrage. But the object of their anger is illusory: Tuition is no longer a meaningful number. . . .”
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Times (Trenton)
by Wendy Plump,  December 5, 2010
“Professor Jonathan Israel regrettably has no time for Russian novelists or classical music, and his love of gardening has taken a back seat. The explanation for this absence of gentle hobbies lies partly in the sheaf of pages he hands a visitor to his office at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he has been a professor in the School of Historical Studies for 10 years. . . .”
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Jonathan Israel is Professor in the School of Historical Studies.