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Gillian Tett of the Financial Times reviews The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press), founding Director Abraham Flexner 's influential 1939 essay newly republished with a companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor...
Joseph E. Davis of The Hedgehog Review reflects on 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 . Davis writes, “Following in Flexner’s...
"Almost every discovery has a long and precarious history. Someone finds a bit here, another a bit there. A third step succeeds later and thus onward till a genius pieces the bits together and makes the decisive contribution."—from the essay “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge.”...
Lawrence Krauss , Member (2005) in the School of Natural Sciences, asks "What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality?" in The New Yorker 's Elements. ... The notion that the world of our experience is an accident of...