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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

April 26, 2017
Donald L. Drakeman of the Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse 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 , writing "this new volume offers...

In the Media

Lessons from Hitler’s Rise

April 26, 2017
Christopher R. Browning , Member (1994–95) in the School of Historical Studies, examines Hitler: Ascent 1889–1939 by Volker Ullrich in relation to the current political situation in the United States, writing "in early 2017 it is impossible for an American to read the...

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Yve-Alain Bois to Discuss Matisse in Institute for Advanced Study Lecture

April 25, 2017
Yve-Alain Bois , Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, will a give a public lecture, “Matisse’s Scale: What’s with the Bamboo Stick? , on Friday, May 5 , which will take...

In the Media

What I’m Reading: “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”

April 24, 2017
"Flexner makes two points that seem to me particularly important right now, especially for policy makers thinking about higher education in the United States. One is that it is impossible to predict what research will turn out to be "useful" and therefore it’s foolish to...