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Walter Isaacson on Genius

Sunday, March 03, 2019

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

Today, the Biosyntrx Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities celebrates the biography genius of Walter Isaacson.

The video above features a 2014 talk he did at the New York City World-Class Cultural Community Center, 92nd Street Y on daring geniuses, science, visionary passion, creative innovation, product pride, humanity, humility, and the dire need for unity; all particularly important subjects to consider during these politically difficult times. 

Isaacson is a Harvard graduate Rhodes scholar with an Oxford graduate degree in philosophy; 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.

Two years ago, Walter stepped 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. 

Walter does a great job of examining and explaining genius in the talk above, as well as 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. 

He accomplishes this by telling stories about his best-selling biography subjects, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein. He also speaks to genius being collaborative and the beauty of collective creatively.

Library lovers will want to read and keep all of Walter Isaacson's important biographies in their collections. 

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

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  

—Benjamin Franklin

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

Walter's latest biography on the Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci, is also a must read. He weaves a narrative that connects da Vinci's art to his science. 

Leonard was one of the most gifted and inventive men in history. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences; made iconic by his symbolic drawing of Vitruvian Man made him one of history's most creative geniuses." 

—Walter Isaacson

Enjoy and have a thoughtful and productive Sunday Morning.

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.