A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study (60th Anniversary Edition)

A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study (60th Anniversary Edition)

Institute for Advanced Study

Language: English

Pages: 126

ISBN: 0691151369

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This beautifully illustrated anthology celebrates eighty years of history and intellectual inquiry at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research. Featuring essays by current and former faculty and members along with photographs by Serge J-F. Levy, the book captures the spirit of curiosity, freedom, and comradeship that is a hallmark of this unique community of scholars.

Founded in 1930 in Princeton, New Jersey, the institute encourages and supports fundamental research in the sciences and humanities--the original, often speculative thinking that can transform how we understand our world. Albert Einstein was among the first in a long line of brilliant thinkers to be affiliated with the institute. They include Kurt Gödel, George Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl. This volume offers an intimate portrait in words and images of a storied institution that might best be described as a true academic village. The personal reflections collected here--written by leading figures from across the disciplines--bring this exceptional academic institution and its history vibrantly to life.

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Olden Farm, Winter 2010 page 39 After Hours Conversations, Harry’s Bar, Winter 2010: Nicola Di Cosmo of the School of Historical Studies (center) page 44 Kevin Clinton of the School of Historical Studies, Squeeze Collection, Building B, Fuld Hall, Fall 2009 104 index of photographs page 48 School of Historical Studies Lunchtime Colloquium, Dilworth Room, February 2010: Eric Olivier Michaud (left), Jonathan Israel (with microphone), Yve-Alain Bois (center), Marian Gallagher Zelazny, School

musicological, and also discuss it with Albert Hirschman, a professor emeritus interdisciplinary journals and collections. My experience in her school, who had lived in Vichy France before he was of interacting with historians and sociologists at the Insti- able to leave the country. tute led to another important project: I became the General Other valuable opportunities to share my work soon fol- Editor of a new book series that I had proposed to Oxford lowed—not only within the

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