Video Lectures

Clifford Geertz once quipped: “It is difficult to see what is always there. Whoever discovered water, it was not a fish.” In the same way, seeing familiar environments can prove challenging. Those of us who live our lives in a given space become...

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...