Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. And his famous quip that "God does not play dice with the universe" was a statement about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did leave behind a fascinating, largely forgotten legacy of musings and writings -- some serious, some whimsical -- about the relationship between science and religion and his own inquisitive reverence for the "order deeply hidden behind everything."
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of LIVE from the NYPL.
Andrew Solomon's most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; it has received 14 additional national awards and is published in 24 languages. Mr. Solomon is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, and has lectured on depression around the world. He is a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure, and writes for The New York Times and The New Yorker, among others. He is currently working on a book entitled, Far from the Tree: A Legacy of Love, in which he studies family dynamics and extraordinary children; he is also working on a PhD at Cambridge University. He serves on numerous philanthropic boards in the fields of mental health, the arts, and gay rights, and is a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and the New York Institute for the Humanities.
Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. As the creator and host of public radio's On Being (http://onbeing.org), she takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human? And how do we want to live? Krista and her guests reach beyond the headlines to explore meaning, faith, and ethics amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st century life. The program is heard on radio across the U.S. and globally via podcast. Krista was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. Her books include "Einstein's God - Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit"; and "Speaking of Faith - Why Religion Matters, and How to Talk about It."
Andrew Solomon, author of “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” discusses his research on the blurring border between illness and identity. He highlights the cases of transgender children in religious communities, and explores how religion can be both beneficial and traumatic.