The Institute Letter

The Institute Letter publishes firsthand accounts of research and questions posed by IAS scientists and scholars, reports on breakthroughs and fields of study, and shares news of the Institute community. Explore a collection of articles spanning the last decade to today in the Ideas section. 

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Fall 2019

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring bewilderment and clarity, the changing faces of biology, the social life of DNA, movement politics, race after technology, discrimination and Western democracy, modern racism and medieval race-thinking, academic freedom, partial differential equations, the possible unification of mathematics and physics, and the singular adventures of the late Professor Jean Bourgain. Also featuring conversations with James Peebles, 2019 Nobel Prize Laureate, and several current Members. Explore a collection of articles spanning the last decade to today in the Ideas section.

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Spring 2019

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring black holes, the discovery of the amplituhedron, the origins and influence of an anti-Semitic legend on modern capitalism, the “big bang” of Hellenistic “globalization,” democracy and truth, the gilets jaunes protests, and mapping the elusive magnetic field between our galactic stars.

Fall 2018

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring deep learning and computation, black holes and quantum information, the anthropology of life and the politics of gender, the porous boundaries between science and culture, the topology of locally symmetric spaces, and the queer beginnings of Mormonism. 

Spring 2018

From dark matter and authoritarian culture in the Arab world to the intertwining of power and gender in our culture and psyches, the Spring 2018 Institute Letter includes articles by Faculty and Members that span research underway at the Institute.

Fall 2017

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring human rights issues in China, the black hole firewall paradox, Syriac literature, the carceral condition, monotheism, Christianity and Islam in early modern Spain, genetics and identity, mirror symmetry, liquid crystals, and American foreign policy. 

Spring 2017

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring the history and ethos of the Institute, black holes and quantum gravity, the role of gender in French politics, emotions of Greek history in art, and the usefulness of useless knowledge.

Summer 2016

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring the intersection of gender and religious freedom, the difficulties of gravitational-wave detection, the revolution of nineteenth-century print culture in Iran, and the evolution of contact and symplectic geometry. 

 

Spring 2016

Includes a variety of articles by Faculty and Members exploring gravitational-wave detection, military coups, the sizes of infinity, and the moral economy of asylum.