Private. The London Institute is a private, charitable institute: it covers its own costs through research grants and donations. It is similar to a university department, but with no teaching or administrative duties.
Freedom. The most successful research institutes tend to have the fewest rules. The London Institute makes few organizational demands, does not lay claim to IP, and lets scientists manage their research funding.
Collegiality. The London Institute is a community of scholars, run by the scholars and for the scholars. It has no departments and supports collegiality in ways like those found in the UK’s ancient colleges.
Beauty. Scientists seek new insights not just for their utility, but also to enrich the world of ideas, which has its own beauty. This bind between truth and beauty forms the Institute’s motto, and sets its course.
Simplicity. Universities tend to have varied goals: theory and experiment; science and arts; research and education. By focusing on theoretical scientific research, the London Institute shuns bureaucracy in favour of simplicity.
Efficiency. The London Institute frees up scientists’ time by providing talented support staff who help publish papers, win grants and organize travel. They are not segregated from the scientists but work closely with and among them.