What made Albert Einstein one of the greatest scientific minds the world has ever known? From the basics (figuring out why the sky is blue) to the revolutionary (creating the general and special theories of relativity), his scientific breakthroughs fundamentally changed the way we understand the universe and everything in it.
The World Science Festival, in partnership with the 92nd Street Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival, presents an in-depth look at the genius of Einstein. Join physicist Brian Greene, neurologist Frederick Lepore, and author/filmmaker Thomas Levenson for a lively and informative conversation on the science, the brain, and the life of one of history’s most fascinating men.
In partnership with 92nd Street Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival
Cynthia McFadden is the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News. Before joining NBC News, she co-anchored Nightline at ABC News. She has won Emmy, Peabody, and duPont awards, among others, and interviewed a number of world leaders, including the presidents of the United States, Pakistan, Rwanda and Chile. She has reported from a wide variety of international hot spots, including Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Bosnia, El Salvador, Rwanda, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Russia and China. A native of Maine, McFadden graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, and received her law degree from Columbia University.
Frederick E. Lepore is Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He was formerly Chief of the Neurology Service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Acting Chairman of the medical school’s Department of Neurology. Lepore has published over 120 scientific articles, book chapters, photographs, and illustrations. He is the inventor of the “Optic Nerve Test Card.” His research areas have ranged from abnormal eye movements, sources of ocular pain, visual hallucinations in the blind, battlefield neurology in World War I, fatal neurologic disease (Lytico-Bodig) on Guam, the visual aura of migraine, “mind-blindness,” and the brain of Albert Einstein. He graduated with an A.B. (English) from Princeton University and received his M.D. from the University of Rochester. He obtained additional medical training at The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases at Queen Square, The Neurological Institute of New York, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Thomas Levenson is Professor of Science Writing and Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT. He has written five books on science and the history of science, including Newton and the Counterfeiter, Einstein in Berlin, Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science, and Ice Time: Climate, Science and Life on Earth, and The Hunt For Vulcan. He has produced, directed, written, and or executive-produced more than a dozen science documentaries, mostly for the “NOVA” series on PBS. He has won the National Academies Science Communication Award, shared a George Foster Peabody, and won the AAAS science communication award, among other honors. His short-form writing has appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and digital publications. Levenson earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.