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Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 11:00am-12:45pm PST Hosted by Chris Anderson Brian Greene Physicist Brian Greene is perhaps the best-known proponent of superstring theory, the idea that minuscule strands of energy vibrating in a higher dimensional space-time create every particle and force in the universe. briangreene.orgcolumbia.edu/BrianGreene Sarah Parcak Space archaeologist, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak, a TED Fellow, uses satellite imagery to discover ancient, previously unknown archeological sites. sarahparcak.com Paul Gilding Writer Paul Gilding is an independent writer, activist and adviser on a sustainable economy. 2012: Program Guide
People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web. A dynamic writer and speaker, Johnson crafts captivating theories that draw on a dizzying array of disciplines, without ever leaving his audience behind. Where does innovation comes from ?
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates—then engaged—took a walk on a beach in Zanzibar, and made a bold decision on how they would make sure that their wealth from Microsoft went back into society. In a conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as about their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their wealth away.
When 12-year-old Peyton Robertson sees a problem, he is going to fix it. So when the young scientist noticed a perennial problem in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida –flooding during the region’s nasty hurricane... The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution