Professor

Piet Hut

Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
Affiliation
Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

Piet Hut is head of the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at IAS. The program’s main research theme is “the Nature of Reality,” as seen through the lenses of Math, Matter, and Mind. Some subthemes are: for Math, “Algorithms and Foundations”; for Matter, “Physics and Biology”; and for Mind, “Phenomenology and Contemplation.” Hut’s main research background is in computational astrophysics, with asteroid “17031 Piethut” named in his honor. He is one of the co-founders of the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His current book projects include a Typology of Novelty and Rekindling Natural Philosophy.

Dates at IAS
Faculty
  • Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
7/2002current
Faculty
  • Natural Sciences
9/19856/2002
Member
  • Natural Sciences
9/19816/1984
Degrees
University of Amsterdam Ph.D., 1981
Utrecht University M.Sc., 1977
Honors
Appointments: B612 Foundation, Member of the Board 2002–; Kira Institute, President 1997–
Awards: Petaflops Point Design Studies Award 1996; Sloan Fellowship 1994–96, 1985–87
Memberships: Lindisfarne Association; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Appointments
University of California, Berkeley 1984–1985 Assistant Professor
Astronomical Institute, University of Amsterdam 1978–1981 Research Assistant