Institute event all about Einstein |

Institute event all about Einstein

Aspen Times writer

The Aspen Institute and the Aspen Center for Physics will hold a public conference this weekend examining the work and influence of Albert Einstein.The event, which will be held Aug. 8-11 at the Aspen Meadows campus, will honor the 99th anniversary of Einstein’s miracle year. In 1905, while he was a young examiner at a Swiss patent office, Einstein published four papers, including his famous one on the special theory of relativity that revolutionized physics and our understanding of the universe.On the verge of the miracle year centenary, The Aspen Institute and Physics Institute will explore the impact Einstein’s work has had on modern thought. The Aspen Institute is advertising the three-day event as “an ambitious and high-profile public conference that will investigate the shock waves that Einstein and his work sent through the worlds of science, society, culture, international affairs, and beyond.””Einstein’s image conjures up many wonderful things,” said Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson, who will preside over the event and who is currently working on a book about Einstein. “But it also symbolizes something less glorious: the belief that modern science is something most of us cannot comprehend. With this exciting program, we hope we can help bridge the great gulf that Einstein, in both his work and personal aura, helped to create in the 20th century.”The program will be interdisciplinary, with discussions of not only Einstein’s life and his science, but also the nature of genius, creativity, religion, morality, race and nuclear weapons. Participants, including physicist Brian Greene, religion professor Elaine Pagels and novelist E.L. Doctorow, will take part in panel discussions, lectures and receptions.The fee for the three-day event is $750. There are also one-day passes available for Monday, Aug. 9, for $400. To register, call Deborah Murphy at 544-7960.

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