Video Lectures

Histories of ancient cultures often present the image of clearly recognizable peoples. Those who are centered in historical canons—Egyptians, Greeks, Romans—are often subject to the most longstanding and unyielding historical expectations. In this...

IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf recently remarked that 21st century scientists are shifting “from studying what is to what could be.” We urgently need a social science of what could be, if we are to face challenges from inequality and racial...

Tantalizing Unsolved Problems

Richard Schwartz

Mathematics is an extremely deep and extensive subject, but amazingly we are surrounded by easily stated mathematical problems about which almost nothing is known. These kinds of problems tantalize mathematicians with their combination of simplicity...

Friends Lunch with a Member

Aaron Hershkowitz

The IAS has the world's second largest collection of epigraphic squeezes, and a project is under way to digitize them. But what is an epigraphic squeeze? What's more, how does one digitize a squeeze? And why does any of this matter? In this talk...