Talk:Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

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Note on that acute accent[edit]

The correct spelling is "Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques" with an acute accent on the "E", and even the abbreviated form, "IHÉS" (sometimes "I.H.É.S."), retains that acute accent. (Please check on the IHÉS Web site or on any of their publications if you don't believe me.) In principle, any article linking to "IHES" should be changed to point to "IHÉS".

--Gro-Tsen 02:33, 16 Feb 2004 (UTC)

resemblance to IAS[edit]

I have moved the following from the article down here:

It is something like a French equivalent to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, United States.

While there is indeed some spiritual similarity between the two places, I think it has to be worded in a different way. Rationale:

  • "something like..." sounds incomplete, as if an adequate term was sought for but never found. Is its charter similar? Is its research impact similar? Are the criteria for selecting the members similar? I also have a problem with this as IAS has broader research scope than just mathematics and physics.
  • "French equivalent to the IAS" is problematic even more to me. It sounds as if IHES was founded withIAS in mind. And there is no corresponding mention from the IAS side. If it is just an attempt to give a good idea of what it is to an American reader, it should be stated as such.


BACbKA 10:47, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)

thanks to the anonymous contributor, 193.124.215.227 (Novosibirsk, Russia -?)[edit]

Thank you very much for your expansion of the article from the small stub it used to be! BACbKA 15:03, 16 Oct 2004 (UTC)

IHES and IAS and more info on permanent profs[edit]

Hi, I work for IHÉS and can tell you a bit more about the point about the link between IHÉS and IAS: Léon Motchane the founder certainly did model IHÉS on IAS and Robert Oppenheimer, then IAS Director, was a member of the Institue's first Board of Directors. Our literature normally says that Léon Motchane founded it with the intention of creating a European counterpart to IAS, which is probably more accurate than "French equivalent to IAS".

Another point with regard to the article: I notice that only maths profs past and present are mentioned, which leaves out the theoretical physicists. For the record, past Institute physics permanent profs are: Louis Michel, David Ruelle, Oscar E. Lanford III, and Jürg Fröhlich (the latter now a Louis Michel Chair prof at IHÉS) and present permanent profs are Thibault Damour and Nikita Nekrasov. Maths past permanent profs also include Dennis Sullivan and Jean Dieudonné.

Hope this is useful and that a staff member joining the discussion is not against Wiki etiquette.

Hélène Wilkinson, IHÉS 193.51.104.86 (talk) 11:59, 18 April 2008 (UTC)