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This superbly illustrated anthology celebrates 80 years of historical past and highbrow inquiry on the Institute for complex learn, one of many world's top facilities for theoretical learn. that includes essays by way of present and previous college and individuals besides pictures by way of Serge J-F. Levy, the ebook captures the spirit of interest, freedom, and comradeship that may be a hallmark of this special group 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 considering that may remodel how we comprehend our international. Albert Einstein was once one of the first in a protracted line of remarkable 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 deals an intimate portrait in phrases and photographs of a storied establishment that will top be defined as a real educational village. the private reflections gathered here--written by way of major figures from around the disciplines--bring this extraordinary educational establishment and its background vibrantly to lifestyles.

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The name advanced study. 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.

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. which was based on the text that Cocteau had adapted from I gave a talk about the various ways in which not only Sophocles’ original. Professor Bowersock made substantial the Germans but the different factions within Vichy—as efforts to compare the Greek original with Cocteau’s ver- well as the intellectual Resistance—manipulated both the sion.

The American Historical Association, the American Musi- When given another opportunity to present a luncheon lecture, this time to the faculty and members of the School cological Society, and a conference on the Ligue de l’Action Française at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. of Social Science the next term, I decided to present my All of these exciting interdisciplinary contacts, both material on Honegger’s Antigone and its appropriation by at the Institute and within the scholarly community sur- different sectors of the Parisian wartime public.

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