One of the remarkable discoveries in astrophysics has been the
recognition that the material we see and are familiar with, which
makes up the earth, the sun, the stars, and everyday objects, such
as a table, is only a small fraction of all of the...
“I am a person who loves books,” says Danielle Allen, UPS
Foundation Professor in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School
of Social Science. “I am happiest when I am reading and writing.
And I am fascinated by politics.”
Each year, the School of Social Science designates a theme to
create a sense of community amongits Members. During the 2007–08
academic year, the theme was “The Rule of Law Under Pressure,” in
which Members looked at the pressure that comes from the...
“Everything here is fraught with danger and excitement,” says
Nima Arkani-Hamed, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences.
With a broad sweep of his hand, he motions to the diagram he has
drawn on the chalkboard in his office of the range of...
Conceptions of war and of its uses, and the interaction of the
arts with politics and ideology, are two different but often
related areas of research in which Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus
in the School of Historical Studies, specializes.
Job search by the unemployed is a topic of much interest in
labor economics and economics more generally. Alan B. Krueger, the
Leon Levy Member (2007–08) in the School of Social Science,
discussed “The Lot of the Unemployed” in his Leon Levy
During the first term of 2007–08, School of Mathematics
Professor Jean Bourgain and Member Van Vu of Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, ran a program on arithmetic
combinatorics. The Members in residence for the program ranged from
On an autumn night at the Institute, a sold-out audience
gathered in Wolfensohn Hall for the latest evolution of an unlikely
addition to the cultural canon—an opera based on Joseph Conrad’s
Heart of Darkness. The librettist, London artist Tom...