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.
The 2014-15 Edward T. Cone Concert Series will conclude on March 20 and 21 with performances by cellist Fred Sherry and pianist Peter Serkin titled, “Late Beethoven and American Modernism,” at 8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. This concert is supported by a grant from the PNC Foundation.
Johannes Krause, Professor of Archaeology and Paleogenetics at the University of Tübingen and Director of the Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, will give a public lecture, “Ancient Human Genomes Suggest Three Ancestral Populations for Present-Day Europeans,” which will take place Thursday, March 19, at 5:00 p.m. in West Building Lecture Hall. This lecture is part of “Integrating Genomics and Human History: Challenges and Opportunities,” a workshop organized by the School of Historical Studies and made possible by the Dr. S.T. Lee Fund for Historical Studies.
The Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), an Institute for Advanced Study outreach program of professional development for the entire mathematics community is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, new leadership and several positive funding developments.
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google Inc. and Trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Wendy Schmidt, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, have donated $5 million to support four Members across the Schools of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and support campus programs and promotion. The Schmidt Fellows will receive support related to all aspects of the academic appointment and community life that are unique and fundamental aspects of the Institute experience. The $5 million gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt is an important contribution to the Campaign for the Institute, which ends on June 30, 2015 and helps to complete the $100 million campaign challenge, established by the Simons Foundation and the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences.
Kristen Ghodsee, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS). As President, Ghodsee, who is a former Member (2006–07) in the School of Social Science, will lead the AMIAS Board in its works on behalf of the Institute and current and former Members. She succeeds Stephen Mansbach who served as President from 2012–14.
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Today, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) announced that the inaugural National Math Festival will take place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free public celebration, organized in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, will feature more than 30 unique performances, interactive exhibits, and lectures, with activities to engage toddlers through lifelong learners. Events will take place at the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden, the S. Dillon Ripley Center, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Art, and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, among others.