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

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Princeton University Press, 2012 - Education - 110 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Eighty Years On Michael Atiyah
1
Historical Times Barbara Kowalzig
12
Warmth amid the Cold Chantal David
24
Unusual Business Wolf Lepenies
34
Essential Exchanges Jane F Fulcher
45
Looking for Leaders Freeman Dyson
56
Shaping Time Paul Moravec
67
The Interlocutors Joan Wallach Scott
77
Night Owls and Early Birds David H Weinberg
89
Index of Photographs
101
Biographies
109
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