On the occasion of the 1993 dedication of Simonyi Hall, Phillip
Griffiths, then-Director of the Institute, spoke on
“Mathematics—From Servant to Partner” in which he
described how the relationship between mathematics and other
In November 1946, Frank Aydelotte (Director, 1939–47)
invited the poet T. S. Eliot to come to the Institute for Advanced
Study as a Member in the School of Historical Studies and the first
unofficial artist in residence at the Institute. By the time...
Lakhdar Brahimi, former Special Advisor to the Secretary-General
of the United Nations, has spent the last year as a
Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study,
participating in the School of Social Science’s program on
“The ‘Third World...
In March, Professor Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor
in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies, brought
together twelve international scholars who participated in a
workshop that explored “The Sense of the Past among
Seven lectures on the theme The Sensuous in Art were
presented by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton
University in the 2006-2007 academic year. From medieval to
contemporary art, the series focused on what Yve-Alain Bois,
Occidentalism, as defined by Avishai Margalit, George F. Kennan
Professor in the School of Historical Studies, is a modern
phenomenon, a dehumanizing picture of the West, painted not only by
its enemies but in fact propagated from within....
It is noteworthy that as between two proofs of a theorem
mathematicians will prefer the one which, as they say, is more
“elegant,” a term which has primarily an aesthetic
rather than a logical significance. It is a striking fact that
Arabia seems to have been a much more developed place than most
Islamicists (myself included) had ever suspected—not just in
the north and south, but also in the middle. We are beginning to
get a much more nuanced sense of the place, and again it is...
“First, as American citizens, we should not adopt the easy
anti-Americanism that fuels and disfigures so much of the global
left. We are critics of many aspects of our domestic society and of
U.S. foreign policy, but we also know that our country...
“There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any
more than there is a unique poetic vision. Science is a mosaic of
partial and conflicting visions. But there is one common element in
these visions. The common element is rebellion against...
“The critics feel passionately that they are right, and
that their viewpoints have been unfairly neglected by the
establishment. They strike a populist note. They bring into the
public arena technical claims that few can properly evaluate. They