Education: Lighthouse Keepers

In the outskirts of Princeton, N.J. stands a colonial-style red brick building which houses the most exclusive academy in the world. Its members are not there to teach anybody anything; they go there to live in peace and do their own work.

In its 17 years the Institute for Advanced Study (which has no connection with Princeton University but is generally confused with it) has attracted some of the world's best minds. It offers them a moderate salary, an office, and leisure to write books, tutor prize protégés (who are all Ph.D.s) or just sit around and think.

Every afternoon, the members emerge...

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