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The Future of – Useless Knowledge

24th May 2017

The Future of Useless Knowledge

  • The Future of

    Useless Knowledge

    00.38.33 Hrs

When Albert Einstein fled Nazi Germany, the Institute for Advanced Study that became his academic home and intellectual stomping ground. Since then, it has remained the leading research and enquiry institute in the world gathering the most brilliant academics in their fields and giving them free reign to research and thinkJoin us on May 24th at the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Robbert Dijkgraaf, shares his thoughts on the future of useless knowledge. It is, he argues, only by valuing and supporting curiosity-driven research that society can achieve deeper understanding and practical progress.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, a mathematical physicist who specializes in string theory, is director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. A distinguished public policy adviser and passionate advocate for science and the arts, he is also the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a global alliance of science academics.