COLLOQUIUM: "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”: The History of the Institute for Advanced Study
A private, independent academic institution in Princeton, New Jersey, the Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Founded in 1930, it exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities. Diverse scholars including Albert Einstein, Erwin Panofsky, John von Neumann, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Freeman Dyson, Kurt Gödel, George Kennan, Clifford Geertz, Joan Wallach Scott, and Edward Witten have all made the Institute their home as they sought to explain the mysteries of the universe and expand the way we think of our world. This talk will provide an overview of the history of the Institute and highlight some of its key contributions to the world of ideas.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2014-2015 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.
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