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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Science & Art Innovation: Innovative Genius

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Walter Isaacson was chosen to give the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) prestigious 43rd Jefferson Lecture. The title: "The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences."

Since that lecture is only available on the NEH website,* it seems most fitting to feature a similar talk that Isaacson gave the same year at the 92nd Street Y** titled "Innovative Genius" for today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities

Walter does a great job of explaining genius and defending how those who love beauty and excel at music and art are also connected to the sciences, and how the best scientists seem to have deep connections to beauty, music and art—by calling on his New Orleans heritage and telling stories about his best-selling biography subjects Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.  Library lovers will want to read and keep all of these books in their collections. 

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. —Henry Kissinger

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  

—Benjamin Franklin

The most important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. —Albert Einstein

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.  —Steve Jobs

Walter is stepping down from his presidency and CEO position at the nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization, the Aspen Institute (the Ben Franklin of think tanks), to become a history professor at Tulane University. 

He is a Harvard graduate Rhodes scholar with an Oxford graduate degree in philosophy, and the former Chairman and CEO of CNN; beginning his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London, followed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He is also a former managing editor of Time magazine.

Walter's latest biography on Leonardo da Vinci is scheduled to be released October 17, 2017. He weaves a narrative that connects da Vinci's art to his science. "Leonardo's ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius." —Walter Isaacson

Leonardo da Vinci is available for preorder on Amazon. 

Have a happy and productive Sunday.

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music and humanities adds significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole.

*The 43rd Jefferson Lecture is available at this link but not available to view elsewhere.

** The 92nd Street Y is a multifaceted cultural institution and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City at the corner of East 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue.