Piet Hut

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Advanced Study

Piet Hut has been Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, since 1985, where he is currently the Head of the Program for Interdisciplinary Studies.

One focus of Piet Hut’s research is computational astrophysics, in particular multiscale multiphysics simulations of dense stellar systems.  Another focus is interdisciplinary explorations in the areas of cognitive science and philosophy of science centered around questions involving the nature of knowledge.  A third focus is the question of the origins of life, on Earth as well as elsewhere in the universe, for which he is a foreign Principle Investigator at ELSI, the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
The author of more than two hundred publications, Hut was honored in 2004 when a main-belt asteroid was named “17031 Piethut” by the International Astronomical Union’s Committee on Small Body Nomenclature.

Participant In:

Apprehending Consciousness

Saturday, March 7, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Is science nearing an answer to the question of how and why consciousness and self-consciousness come about? In attempting to resolve the mystery of sentience, what roles do physics, psychology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience play? How do various philosophical and religious traditions contribute to our inquiries into this obvious and everyday universal experience?