Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)
Piet Hut is head of the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at IAS. The program’s main research theme is “the Nature of Reality,” as seen through the lenses of Math, Matter, and Mind. Some subthemes are: for Math, “Algorithms and Foundations”; for Matter, “Physics and Biology”; and for Mind, “Phenomenology and Contemplation.” Hut’s main research background is in computational astrophysics, with asteroid “17031 Piethut” named in his honor. He is one of the co-founders of the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His current book projects include a Typology of Novelty and Rekindling Natural Philosophy.