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

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This fantastically illustrated anthology celebrates 80 years of historical past and highbrow inquiry on the Institute for complex research, one of many world's major facilities for theoretical learn. that includes essays via present and previous college and participants in addition to images through Serge J-F. Levy, the booklet captures the spirit of interest, freedom, and comradeship that may be a hallmark of this detailed neighborhood of scholars.

Founded in 1930 in Princeton, New Jersey, the institute encourages and helps basic study within the sciences and humanities--the unique, frequently speculative pondering which could rework how we comprehend our international. Albert Einstein used to be one of the first in an extended line of excellent thinkers to be affiliated with the institute. They comprise 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 pictures of a storied establishment that would top be defined as a real educational village. the non-public reflections amassed here--written via best figures from around the disciplines--bring this unparalleled educational establishment and its historical past vibrantly to existence.

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Berlin, the Wissenschaftskolleg. m. sharp, it was over. If five minutes into your talk no return. I was invited back to the Institute many times in the clatter of forks, spoons, and knives could still be heard, the years to come. you knew that something was going wrong. If the audience At the School of Social Science, I found a world of aca- was not willing to exchange the food on their plates for the demic excellence, trust, and extensive intellectual possi- food for thought you were offering, you were in trouble.

Other faculty the School of Historical Studies, I began to meet the faculty, members offered me important advice as well—I had long all of whom introduced themselves, taking a genuine inter- and fruitful discussions about my work with Caroline est in the projects of the members while sharing their own Bynum, Jonathan Israel, and the historians of the world, areas of expertise and offering to work with us in any way Glen Bowersock and Heinrich von Staden. that might be helpful. Professors Bowersock and von Staden were especially This stimulating and collegial atmosphere of collabora- helpful as I confronted the problem of analyzing the war- tion continued to grow, especially when the weekly lun- time reception of Honegger’s modernist opera, Antigone, cheon lectures presented by the school’s members began.

After In 1986, I was elected rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg, a position I held until 2001. In conjunction with European 36 Unusual Business all, I have conducted unusual business at the Institute for Advanced Study. 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Essential Exchanges Jane F. Fulcher W hen I began to think about my new book—a reex- discussion afterwards that he had been present at such per- amination of French musical culture and creativity formances at the Opéra while an adolescent in Occupied during the Vichy Regime—I knew exactly where I wanted Paris, and proceeded to describe his experiences.

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