Luce Foundation Professor, School of Historical Studies
May 2, 2014
How can historians contribute to investigating the relationships between climate change, ecology, and human activity? Scientific research is making available volumes of data on the possible correlations between environmental change and social transformations over long periods of time. Yet, how strong and how precise a correlation one might be able to establish between phenomena like droughts, floods, and volcanic eruptions and the emergence of conflict, the migration of peoples, or the collapse of civilizations remain open questions.
Institute for Advanced Study; Faculty, School of Mathematics
March 26, 2014
In Voevodsky’s experience, the work of a mathematician is 5% creative insight and 95% self-verification. Moreover, the more original the insight, the more one has to pay for it later in self-verification work. The Univalent Foundations project, started at the Institute a few years ago, aims to lower the price by giving mathematicians the ability to verify their constructions with the help of computers.
In this lecture, Alexander Nagel, Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, illustrates some ways in which art produced during the Renaissance period points eastward towards Constantinople, towards the Holy Land, and to places further east, even as far as China. Nagel focuses on the forms this "orientation" took between 1492-1507, years during which new lands were being discovered, to great fanfare, but were still believed to belong to the continent of Asia.