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In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

November 18, 2013

Equations are the lifeblood of mathematics, science, and technology. Without them, our world would not exist in its present form. However, equations have a reputation for being scary: Stephen Hawking’s publishers told him that every equation would halve the sales of A Brief History of Time. Ignoring the advice, Hawking included E = mc² even […]

Books that Changed My Life

November 08, 2013

Recently a reader asked me if I could name some of the books that have ‘literally changed the way I see the world.’ While there are more, here is a short list to start. 1. Man’s Search For Meaning A gift from a friend. As hard as you think your life is, it pales in […]

Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change

July 10, 2013

In New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change, Winifred Gallagher writes: [O]ur fast-paced world invites us to see ourselves in yet another light—this time as nature’s virtuosos of change, who are biologically as well as psychologically primed to engage with novelty. Our ability to respond to the new and different is part of what […]

Hans Rosling explains population growth and climate change

June 30, 2013

In this short video, Swedish academic Han Rosling uses lego bricks to show us the world through the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge, he argues, is for the world to get everyone out of extreme poverty and get the richest people to use less fossil fuels so that […]

The Most Productive Change You Can Make In Your Working Habits

May 26, 2013

In an increasingly interconnected world, finding focus and enabling time to do work is becoming harder and harder. Demands are outstripping our capacity at an alarming rate. It’s time to start thinking about how we work. Rather than offer a one size fits all productivity system, Jocelyn Glei and her team at 99u interview seasoned […]

Cognitive Dissonance and Change Blindness

December 02, 2012

“Their judgment was based more on wishful thinking than on a sound calculation of probabilities; for the usual thing among men is that when they want something they will, without any reflection, leave that to hope, while they will employ the full force of reason in rejecting what they find unpalatable.” — Thucydides, in History […]