Walter Isaacson

“You have an explosion of American creativity, driven by the great works of immigrants and refugees.” Walter Isaacson takes us through the historical links between innovation and immigration.

How’s Silicon Valley taking Trump’s immigration orders? According to Bilal Zuberi, a venture capitalist and Pakistani immigrant, it’s got a lot of people asking: “Is this a nightmare?”

Americans are moving less because new jobs aren’t worth it. Abigail Wozniak explains the declining dynamism of the job market.

Where else have we seen an immigration ban like Trump’s? Walter Isaacson walks us through the history of immigration and innovation.  Read more....

According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, light can bend

1. It's Einstein's fault that you need your phone to know where the heck you are. At least, indirectly — GPS would never have been invented without the theory of relativity, explains Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe.  

2. The quintessential genius of the 20th century had trouble getting a job teaching high school. Before he reached fame and success, Albert Einstein faced a whole lot of failure, according to biographer Walter Isaacson. 

3. IQ tests have been used to support the case for eugenics, and to justify thousands of sterilizations. Clinical psychologist Elaine Castles tells the history of how we measure intelligence — and why it's not all it's cracked up to be.

The Einstein Memorial at the National Academy of Sciences

There was a time Albert Einstein couldn’t get a job teaching high school math. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at Einstein’s remarkable life, and tells us why being an outsider and underdog might have helped him be even more of a genius. Read More...


English major? That’s no excuse not to learn the language of code, says Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Read More...

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