• Primal spheres

    Events

    Primal spheres

    The Ukrainian mathematician Prof. Maryna Viazovska, who won this year’s Fields Medal, joins us for a virtual interview and discussion.

  • Evolution and Occam

    Events

    Evolution and Occam

    The algorithmic nature of evolution implies an exponential bias towards simpler phenotypes, explaining an observed preference for symmetry.

  • Welcome, Ilya

    News

    Welcome, Ilya

    Prof. Ilya Shkredov is our inaugural Arnold Fellow. He works on additive combinatorics, number theory and combinatorial ergodic theory.

  • Postdoc in stat phys

    jobs

    Postdoc in stat phys

    The London Institute is hiring a two-year postdoc in the statistical physics of life, learning and emergence, supervised by Thomas Fink.

  • Papers

    Bethe versus Gauge

    The algebra of a toric quiver gauge theory recovers the Bethe ansatz, revealing the relation between gauge theories and integrable systems.

  • Papers

    Flowers of immortality

    The eigenvalues of the mortality equation fall into two classes—the flower and the stem—but only the stem eigenvalues control the dynamics.

  • News

    Welcome, Alexander

    Dr Alexander Ochirov is our inaugural Landau Research Fellow. He works on scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory and higher spins.

  • News

    Landau Fellowships

    We have created the Landau Research Fellowships: five three-year posts for early to mid-career physicists and mathematicians from Russia.

  • Events

    Integrable QFTs

    Prof. Alessandro Torrielli talks about integrable quantum field theories and the duality between the 2D Sine-Gordon and 2D Thirring models.

  • perspectives

    Landau lives on

    In the Thunderer column of The Times, Thomas Fink argues that Britain should open its doors to Russia’s top physicists and mathematicians.

  • News

    Boost for British science

    In Nature, the London Institute argues that its five new Research Fellowships for Russian theorists will be a boost for British science.

  • Events

    Young theorists connect

    The London Institute and LonTI host weekly meetings in theoretical physics and mathematics for young researchers to get to know each other.

  • Events

    AI mathematics

    The London Institute hosts a day symposium on using AI to speed up mathematical discovery, followed by a panel discussion, drinks and dinner.

  • News

    Autumn board meeting

    At our autumn meeting, we discussed the launch of two new Fellowship programmes, our new rooms at the Royal Institution and upcoming events.

  • JOBS

    Science writer

    The London Institute is hiring a full-time science writer to lead our digital science communication and help improve and promote our papers.

  • PEOPLE

    Welcome, Alana

    We are pleased to welcome Alana Ker Mercer, who, as our new coordinator, will orchestrate the efficient running of the organisation.

  • News

    Space for science

    We’ve doubled our space at the Royal Institution. Our new rooms include Faraday's drawing room and the guest room for Christmas Lecturers.

  • Events

    Cheers, Brits and Yanks

    The London Institute welcomes MIT alumni to the Royal Institution to mark Prof. Peter Fisher’s departure as Head of Physics at MIT.

  • Papers

    Algebra of crystals

    Certain states in quantum field theories are described by the geometry and algebra of melting crystals via properties of partition functions.

  • Projects

    Genetic computation

    Understanding genetic computation using regulatory motifs, a new kind of structural and functional building block of gene regulatory networks.

  • website

    Seeing the big picture

    Our new wide-format website shows users the big picture, while staying true to our simplicity, modularity and recursively divisible grids.

  • Press

    Price of immortality

    Like Orpheus in the Underworld, the London Institute is challenging mortality, says our writer Thomas Hodgkinson in The Sunday Telegraph.

  • press

    Yang’s Springer podcast

    In an interview with Springer, Yang discusses his research moving between mathematics, physics, and AI, and his life, in between cultures.

  • press

    Immortality maths

    Is there an advantage to ageing? Should we populate space? Is it fun to be a physicist? The London Institute talks to the Takeaway podcast.

  • Papers

    Genetic computation

    The structural and functional building blocks of gene regulatory networks correspond, which tell us how genetic computation is organised.

  • Website

    Who we are, updated

    Our new About section describes our story, research, communication, funding, home in the Royal Institution and organisational intelligence.

  • perspectives

    History repeats itself

    The Royal Institution supported scientists fleeing 1930s authoritarianism. Now, thanks to our Arnold Fellowships, history repeats itself.

  • Papers

    AI classifies space-time

    A neural network learns to classify different types of spacetime in general relativity according to their algebraic Petrov classification.

  • Events

    The OS of life

    Breakthroughs in cell programming are kicking off a biological analogue of the silicon revolution, allowing us to predictably engineer life.

  • Events

    Accelerating innovation

    The London Institute and the Ditchley Foundation host an afternoon discussion and drinks on the science of innovation and how to speed it up.

  • perspectives

    From Russia with math

    History suggests our new posts for physicists and mathematicians from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus will have an enduring impact on UK science.

  • News

    Arnold Fellowships

    In support of those affected by the war in Ukraine, we have created five new Fellowships for scientists from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

  • Papers

    Learning Hilbert series

    Neural networks find efficient ways to compute the Hilbert series, an important counting function in algebraic geometry and gauge theory.

  • Papers

    The rules of life

    The bipartite nature of regulatory networks means gene-gene logics are composed, which severely restricts which ones can show up in life.

  • perspectives

    Designing web design

    To mark our Webby nomination, we describe the design principles behind our website and how they evolved in tandem with the Institute itself.

  • News

    Webby Award Nominee

    Our website has been nominated for the best science website in the Webby Awards—hailed the “internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times.

  • News

    Cell programming portal

    The London Institute is creating a portal that connects bit.bio and theorists to accelerate research on the mathematics of cell programming.

  • News

    The power of presence

    One reason that we outperform other research centres is that everyone turns up for work, which makes us more creative, agile and aligned.

  • Papers

    Line bundle connections

    Neural networks find numerical solutions to Hermitian Yang-Mills equations, a difficult system of PDEs crucial to mathematics and physics.

  • Events

    Quantifying AI

    Peter Cochrane talks about how quantifying machine intelligence, distinct from biological intelligence, can quell the debate on AI’s future.

  • Papers

    Calabi-Yau anomalies

    Unsupervised machine-learning of the Hodge numbers of Calabi-Yau hypersurfaces detects new patterns with an unexpected linear dependence.

  • Events

    Cell programming maths

    The London Institute and bit.bio host a two-day international meeting to unravel the theory of cell programming at the Royal Institution.

  • News

    Benchmarking research

    To better benchmark research at the London Institute, we weight our published papers by the fraction of authors that are at the Institute.

  • Events

    LonTI lecture series

    During spring, the London Institute hosts weekly lectures in theoretical physics for young researchers who are interested in new fields.

  • Events

    Theory of Everything

    Professor Yang-Hui He tells the captivating story of the holy grail of science: the mathematical quest for a unifying theory of everything.

  • Papers

    Beyond classical barriers

    Circuits of memristors, resistors with memory, can exhibit instabilities which allow classical tunnelling through potential energy barriers.

  • News

    Stone on stone

    In our updated landing page, we let our blackboards do the talking: each blackboard illustrates a key concept from one of our best papers.

  • website

    A year to remember

    In 2021, we hired new talent, wrote pioneering papers and moved into Faraday's rooms at the Royal Institution. Here we celebrate the highs.

  • press

    What the Dickens?

    Our writer Thomas W. Hodgkinson argues that Charles Dickens named his novel David Copperfield in honour of the Royal Institution.

  • WEBSITE

    Unifying mathematics

    Our new fifth research theme contains projects that explore how different branches of mathematics are intertwined, and how to unify them.

  • News

    12 Days of Christmas

    The Institute’s Christmas card includes one side to the Möbius strip, five exceptional Lie groups and eight basis vectors of the octonians.

  • Events

    Talking to Penrose

    Sir Roger Penrose talks about physics, philosophy and art in a conversation with Thomas Fink and Yang-Hui He in the Faraday lecture theatre.

  • Events

    Science of storytelling

    Prof. Alison Woollard explores the science of storytelling and storytelling in science—a neglected virtue in modern scientific research.

  • News

    Winter board meeting

    At its winter meeting, our Board discusses our research output, endowment with Caltech, core funding and supporting the Royal Institution.

  • Events

    Garden of challenges

    In a video for The Garden, Yang-Hui He describes the top 23 mathematical challenges of our time, including a possible theory of everything.

  • News

    Inaugural Junior Fellow

    Dr Forrest Sheldon is the London Institute’s inaugural Junior Fellow, setting a high standard for our new programme of Junior Fellows.

  • NEWS

    Measure what matters

    We benchmark the London Institute by the quality of our published research papers, which we are increasing each year by a factor of √2.

  • WEBSITE

    Our guide to journals

    Our updated handbook of physics, mathematics and general science journals is a unique guide to choosing the right home for your paper.

  • PERSPECTIVES

    Why we must boldly go

    The human impulse to look beyond the horizon, “to boldly go where no man has gone before”, leads us to the most transformative discoveries.

  • Papers

    Going, going, gone

    A solution to the information paradox uses standard quantum field theory to show that black holes can evaporate without violating the laws of physics.