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Members: Serge J-F. Levy, Michael Francis Atiyah, Chantal David, Freeman Dyson, Jane Fulcher, Peter Goddard, Barbara Kowalzig, Wolf Lepenies, Paul Moravec, Joan Wallach Scott, David H. Weinberg

This superbly illustrated anthology celebrates 80 years of heritage and highbrow inquiry on the Institute for complex examine, one of many world's top facilities for theoretical examine. that includes essays by means of present and previous college and contributors in addition to photos by way of Serge J-F. Levy, the ebook captures the spirit of interest, freedom, and comradeship that may be a hallmark of this detailed group of scholars.

based in 1930 in Princeton, New Jersey, the institute encourages and helps basic examine within the sciences and humanities--the unique, frequently speculative pondering which can rework how we comprehend our global. Albert Einstein used to be one of the first in a protracted line of very good thinkers to be affiliated with the institute. They contain Kurt Gödel, George Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl. This quantity bargains an intimate portrait in phrases and photographs of a storied establishment that will most sensible be defined as a real educational village. the non-public reflections accrued here--written by way of best figures from around the disciplines--bring this remarkable educational establishment and its heritage vibrantly to life.

The participants 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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I remember fondly candlelight discussions the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Institute, with friends and thinking about mathematics wrapped in a and the photographer Serge Levy had been invited by Peter blanket at night; and the fantastic salmon dinner cooked on Goddard to illustrate “a year at the Institute” to commemo- the gas stove under dozens of candles by a colleague from rate this milestone. Every member would come to feel a bit France who was visiting after the storm in March.

Institutes for advanced study are “Princeton” had a certain aura for me. But this aura had privileged places where various disciplines, national tradi- almost nothing to do with the Institute. “Princeton” was tions of higher learning and research, and individual schol- the university, the place—I wrongly thought, as many arly temperaments regularly meet. If they function well, still do—where Albert Einstein had worked when it had they offer unusual opportunities for checking and chang- become impossible for him to remain in Germany after ing one’s own mind.

I remember fondly candlelight discussions the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Institute, with friends and thinking about mathematics wrapped in a and the photographer Serge Levy had been invited by Peter blanket at night; and the fantastic salmon dinner cooked on Goddard to illustrate “a year at the Institute” to commemo- the gas stove under dozens of candles by a colleague from rate this milestone. Every member would come to feel a bit France who was visiting after the storm in March.

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