The Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University will cohost the 2015 Prospects in Theoretical Physics program on July 20 to 31, which convenes graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world to explore “New Insights About Quantum Matter.” The fourteenth annual Prospects in Theoretical Physics program will be offered as a joint program in conjunction with the eleventh annual Princeton Summer School on Condensed Matter Physics.
PRINCETON, N.J., July 15, 2015 – Patricia Crone, whose pioneering and innovative approach to the history of Islam has brought about lasting change in the field, died at the age of 70 on July 11 in Princeton, New Jersey, after a courageous fight against cancer. She was Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she served as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor since 1997, before retiring in 2014.
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The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss, Jonathan M. Nelson and Sandra E. Peterson to its Board of Trustees. These appointments were effective May 1, 2015.
Jonathan Haslam, one of the world’s most distinguished scholars on the history of thought in international relations, has been appointed George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study. Haslam, a Member (1998) of the School, is currently Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, and will officially begin his six-year appointment at the Institute on July 1, 2015.
In advance of its traditional Fourth of July celebration, the National Archives, in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study, will host a free conference on the Declaration of Independence titled “Punctuating Happiness,” from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on June 23, 2015, in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. The conference will be streamed live on the National Archives YouTube channel. The conference is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required, go to: https://phdc2015.eventbrite.com. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro access on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.
Inspired by the work of Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of Our Declaration (Liveright 2014) and research paper “Punctuating Happiness,” the conference will explore the National Archives’ work in preserving the original Declaration of Independence, the diversity of the document’s textual tradition, how this diversity affects historical research, and how it is taught in schools.
This May, Program for Women and Mathematics will mark its twenty-second year by bringing together research mathematicians and undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral women studying mathematics for an intensive residential mentoring program. The 2015 series, which will explore aspects of algebraic geometry, will take place May 11–22 on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study and is sponsored by the Institute and Princeton University, with support from the National Science Foundation.
On Friday, May 1, the Institute for Advanced Study will host an interdisciplinary mini-symposium, “Is the Abstract Mathematics of Topology Applicable to the Real World?,” which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. This event will feature presentations by Faculty and former Members and will be moderated by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor.
Max Tegmark, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Member (1989–90, 1997–2001) in the School of Natural Sciences, will return to the Institute to give a public lecture, “Our Mathematical Universe,” which will take place Friday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. The Institute will partner with local bookstore Labyrinth Books to make copies of Tegmark’s latest book, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality (Knopf 2014), available at the event. Tegmark will sign books following the lecture. This lecture is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).
Cédric Villani, Professor at Université Lyon and Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré, will give a public lecture, “Of Particles, Stars and Eternity,” which will take place Tuesday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. A former Member (2009) in the School of Mathematics, Villani called his stay at the Institute one of his most productive periods, in which he wrote more than two hundred and fifty pages of mathematical research papers, which is detailed in his book Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, translated by Malcolm DeBevoise (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). The Institute will partner with local bookstore Labyrinth Books to make copies of Birth of Theorem available at the event. Villani will host a book signing following the lecture.
Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, will give a public lecture, “Cut Loose, 1815–1817: Napoleon Returns, David Crosses Borders, and Géricault Wanders Outcast Rome,” which will take place Friday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. The lecture is the third in the series of talks under the theme of “Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814–1820” which is part of the sixty-fourth A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Institute.