This volume consists of a selection of the Albert Einstein Memorial Lectures presented annually at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Delivered by eminent scientists and scholars, including Nobel laureates, they cover a broad spectrum of subjects in physics, chemistry, life science, mathematics, historiography and social issues.This distinguished memorial lecture series was inaugurated by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities following an international symposium held in Jerusalem in March 1979 to commemorate the centenary of Albert Einstein's birth. Considering that Einstein's interests, activities and influence were not restricted to theoretical physics but spanned broad fields affecting society and the welfare of humankind, it was felt that these memorial lectures should be addressed to scientists, scholars and erudite laypersons rather than to physicists alone.
Chemistry and Life Science: Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecular Information toward Self-Organization and Complex Matter (J-M Lehn, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry); Chromatin and Transcription (R D Kornberg, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry); Historiography: Res Ipsa Loquitur: History and Mimesis (J Wansbrough, Professor of Oriental and African Studies, University of London); Mathematics: What Can Pure Mathematics Offer to Society? (W Timothy Gowers, Fields Medalist); General Covariance and the Passive Equations of Physics (Shlomo Sternberg, Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University); Physics: The Structure of Quarks and Leptons (H Harari, Professor of Nuclear Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science); Harmless Energy from Nuclei (C Rubbia, Nobel Laureate in Physics); Beautiful Theories (S Weinberg, Nobel Laureate in Physics); Social Issues: Energy, Environment, and the Responsibility of Scientists (Y T Lee, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry).