Isaacson’s lecture considers the role creativity plays in yielding novel solutions to scientific, social, and political problems. Isaacson is currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, which sponsors policy programs and leadership development initiatives with the goal of finding solutions to pressing global issues. Born in New Orleans, he is a graduate of Harvard University and Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. A frequent contributor to Time Magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications, Isaacson is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992) and coauthor (with Evan Thomas) of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).
Albert Einstein died more than half a century ago, but there’s still a raging debate over what he thought about religion. He once said "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, what exactly did Einstein conclude about religion? We’ll hear from leading scientists and religious scholars, including Richard Dawkins, Steven Weinberg and Elaine Pagels, as well as Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson.
Steve Paulson speaks with Richard Dawkins, Elaine Pagels, and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson. David Lindorff wrote about two physicists’ interest in mysticism and alchemy. David Leavitt tells the story of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Father Thomas Keating talks about God and the contemplative life.
Biographer Walter Isaacson has turned his attention to the 20th century’s scientific poster boy, whose family life was as difficult as his career was distinguished. Isaacson’s book Einstein: His Life and Universe draws on newly released personal correspondence to create a portrait of the private as well as the public Albert Einstein.
Jason Snell, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Frakes, and Lex Friedman discuss Walter Isaacson’s book "Steve Jobs."