15 November 2007 | New Hazlett Theater | 6:30 p.m.
Time magazine recently named him the Person of the Century, calling him the “pre-eminent scientist in a century dominated by science. The touchstones of the era – the Bomb, the Big Bang, quantum physics and electronics – all bear his imprint.”
Ever wondered what Eistein was really like? How did he live? How did he think? Find out by spending an evening with two renowned Einstein experts.
Walter Isaacson is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and past Chairman and CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time magazine. Author of several biographies, including Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, his biography of Albert Einstein – Einstein: His Life and Universe – was released in April 2007. John Norton, an internationally recognized expert in the science of Albert Einstein, has published extensively on Einstein’s discoveries of general relativity, special relativity and the light quantum and also on philosophical aspects of Einstein’s work. He has been a contributing editor to the publication of Einstein’s collected papers and serves on the publication project’s advisory board. His most notable achievement was the analysis of the “Zurich Notebook,” which contains private calculations made by Einstein in preparation for his greatest discovery, the general theory of relativity. Our moderator is Regina Schulte-Ladbeck , a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is in the area of observational astrophysics.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a physicist best known for his discovery of the special and general theories of relativity. These theories provide our best accounts of the nature of space, time and gravity and also the famous E=mc^2. He also worked extensively in statistical physics, which provided compelling evidence for the reality of atoms and led him to postulate the notion of the light quantum. Einstein’s discoveries overturned the edifice of classical physics and was distinctive for its simplicity, clarity and its bold and unexpected departures from ordinary thought. These achievements earned Einstein his place as an intellectual hero in popular culture. He is present in spirit whenever we gather to discuss his work.