Sheer Genius

Among the various and sundry monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C., there are a few subtle works that may be off the beaten path, but are no less impressive. One of these is the Albert Einstein Memorial, situated in a grove on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences. Barely visible from the road, it's a massive bronze figure, sculpted in the grotesque, and it manages to evoke a certain awe. Looking at the kindly face of Mr. Einstein (and the legion of 5-year-olds climbing all over it), you can't help but contemplate the paradox of how this peaceful-looking gentleman made the scientific discovery that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Walter Isaacson's recent book Einstein: His Life and Universe helps to paint a picture of this intriguing man, and Isaacson, a renowned journalist and former managing editor of Time, will discuss the complexities of Einstein during the World Affairs Council programs in both Dallas and Fort Worth. Isaacson will also be available to sign copies of his book. The Dallas program will be held at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The cost will be $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Fort Worth residents can catch Isaacson later at the City Club of Fort Worth, 301 Commerce St., starting at 6 p.m. The registration costs for the Fort Worth event are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Visit
Thu., May 17, noon