Saturday, July 11, 2015

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The Institute for Advanced Study, founded in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1930 is a small, independent institution whose mission is to foster research into fundamental questions in the sciences and humanities.

The original conception was for a community of scholars not for buildings its capital was not to be impaired by expenditures for site structure or equipment. For years it existed in rented space on the campus of Princeton University.

The institute is in essence an academic community comprising some two hundred visiting members, who are drawn each year from over 100 universities and research institutions, as well as some twenty-eight permanent faculty and fifteen faculty emeriti.

The work of the Institute takes place in four schools Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Science.

The hallmark of the institute is that the focus of research is determined only by the intense curiosity of the individual professor who has been chosen to join the faculty and that of the member scholars who visit for varying periods, ranging from a few months to a few years.

Since 1930, the institute has established its strongest intellectual reputation in the sciences.

In the 1930s and 1940s, scholars in the School of Mathematics helped to develop such the new fields as mathematical logic, topology and mathematical statistics, and made important contributions in differential geometry and theoretical physics.
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 

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