Isaacson, Walter

Walter Isaacson

Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Fifth email:  June 9, 2020 @ 7 PM

Dear Prof. Walter Isaacson:

With your depth of scholarship and with your intimacy with the
the best and the brightest, along with Einstein’s mentoring, and
your adoption of da Vinci’s universal genius and his love of ideas,
let us take the next step.

I am sure you are aware that scholars followed Aristotle into a corner,
painting the universe with just a tetrahedron for 1800+ years. It seems
that academia wanted a theoretical geometry. Rectified in-and-around
1450 by Regiomontanus, and first documented by Paulus van Middelburg,
we still do not talk about the 7.35+ degree gap created by tetrahedrons.
My best guess is that this gap goes right down into Max Planck’s
infinitesimal scale and manifests as quantum fluctuations, but even
well before that as individuality, creativity, and consciousness.

Here is a real potential for a new beginning.

Newton gave us absolute space and time. Max Planck and Einstein
pushed that into the corners of history. Today, the academy struggles
to redefine time. It is time to do it.

Then, of course, we had Hawking. Who could be critical of Hawking?
Many were, even his close friends and co-authors, but the general press
would not hear of it, yet his infinitely hot beginning
even flew in the face of Georges Édouard Lemaître.

Fascinating? I think so. And, it all began right there in NOLA
in a high school down river from the airport. It’s quite a bit more
than a sweet, homegrown STEM tool! Thanks.


PS. Some of my work was influenced by Arthur McGill
back in and around 1976 when I spent a semester with him
and a few other grad students studying Austin Farrer’s book,
Finite and Infinite. As a kid, I grew up in the greater Boston area…. -B

Third/fourth: Apr 24, 2015, 8:23 PM and Sat, Mar 19, 2016, 9:49 PM


Dear Mr. Isaacson:

Might an integrated view of the entire universe
in just over 201 base-2 exponential notation be useful
to replace limited worldviews? ‎

Thank you.

Most sincerely,


Second email: Apr 24, 2015, 8:23 PM
1. Ordered using base-2 exponential notations (groups) and the base Planck Units.
2. Just 201+ notations from the Planck’s to the Observable Universe
3. Simple logic based on continuity and symmetry functions
4. Simple platonic geometries first embedded, then combinatorial

Dear Mr. Isaacson:

Let’s think about getting beyond the “worldView elitism” by opening up a fully-scaled, simple-but-comprehensive, UniverseView. Maybe a larger perspective on things will give us all new insights.

And, perhaps some high school kids could point the way to their secret passageway to universal knowledge, insight and wisdom:

Thank you.

Most sincerely,


First email: Dec 22, 2010, 9:01 PM

Dear Walter,

We’ve crossed paths but have never met. Just a moment ago I bought a copy of your book on Einstein. In 1972, I was smitten by the EPR Paradox, got to know and visit with John Bell at CERN and a host of others.

I was part of Harvard’s Philomorphs with Arthur Loeb (and occasionally Bucky Fuller) while hanging out at a think tank called Synectics on Brattle Street. Later I studied with Arthur McGill at HDS with a particular focus on Austin Farrar’s Finite & Infinite (Oxford don in the ‘40s).

In the last ten years, reflecting on the deep problems represented by the EPR results over the years, I reviewed an earlier discussion in London and suddenly realized that the academy had overlooked some relatively simple, but significant entry points to creativity and a possible breakthrough. We had ignored basic geometries; as a scientific community, we had been focused on calculus for well over 100 years and to the best of my knowledge nobody truly asked or explored the perfection of the inside of basic structure starting with the tetrahedron. The center of the tetrahedron, an octahedron, renders the most information quickly. Among literally hundreds of academics and professionals that I asked, only John Conway (surreal numbers man) of Princeton could begin to define the simplest interior structure of the octahedron.

Now, that’s just an aside.

For over ten years the Voice of America re-aired our weekly television series. The PBS-stations had the first three years exclusive, but the show was a weekly and we endured over 40 seasons with IBM, AT&T, Travelers, Microsoft, Verizon, and USPS sponsors. Called Small Business School, we examined best business practices of people who were loved in their community for their successes, their ethics, and their generosity. They were all nominated by local business advocates (like the Chamber of Commerce CEOs) and confirmed by their national trade associations for their leadership and integrity.

Partners for a New Beginning, I just returned from Abu Dhabi where we are continuing our efforts to develop local versions of the show within the 48 predominantly Muslim countries. We are working with distinguished faculty, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial groups first to identify the oldest businesses in each country just to get a list going, and then we will begin to add those businesses that have created jobs for at least ten years and their founders are respected for their success, ethics and generosity in their local communities.

One of the new series will be called, The Best Businesses of ___ (community, state, country). It will all be locally based and locally generated.

We have a ways to go but our infrastructure to support such an effort is coming along well and we believe it is entirely possible in this “Facebook age.”

I am located in New Orleans just a few miles from the airport. If you are ever coming into the city, please do not hail a cab; let me pick you up and bring you to wherever you are going. We can continue this introduction at that point. Thanks.