A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study

A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study


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A Community of Scholars: Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study by Institute for Institute for Advanced

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.

The contributors to this anthology are Michael Atiyah, Chantal David, Freeman Dyson, Jane F. Fulcher, Peter Goddard, Barbara Kowalzig, Wolf Lepenies, Paul Moravec, Joan Wallach Scott, and David H. Weinberg.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691151366
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/27/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

A Paradise for Scholars? By Peter Goddard vii

The Institute for Advanced Study ix

Eighty Years On by Michael Atiyah 1

Historical Times by Barbara Kowalzig 12

Warmth amid the Cold by Chantal David 24

Unusual Business by Wolf Lepenies 34

Essential Exchanges by Jane F. Fulcher 45

Looking for Leaders by Freeman Dyson 56

Shaping Time by Paul Moravec 67

The Interlocutors by Joan Wallach Scott 77

Night Owls and Early Birds by David H. Weinberg 89

Index of Photographs 101

Biographies 109

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