Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance | Video on TED.com. "When my colleagues and I go to have a few beers, we don't talk about what we know, we talk about what we don't know- how much there is to still discover" Stuart Firestein teaches students and “citizen scientists” that ignorance is far more important to discovery than knowledge
TED Talk: Design, discovery & humour / Here graphic designer David Carson takes you through his own discovery of passed works and progression through design. He advises others that, "You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience."
This TED Talk is fascinating. Robert Ballard, a wonderful speaker, discusses his involvement in the discovery of the ocean. He was in the group of people who were the first to see the world's largest mountain chain, which was all under water. Since then, he has accidentally discovered so many different and unimaginable things in the ocean. Although the Talk is dated, it can only make the viewer think of all the many other species and underwater land Ballard has discovered since.
Miwa Matrayek's glorious visions Using animation, projections and her own moving shadow, Miwa Matreyek performs a gorgeous, meditative piece about inner and outer discovery. Take a quiet 10 minutes and dive in. With music from Anna Oxygen, Mirah, Caroline Lufkin and Mileece.
The Rodin Coil: The Greatest Discovery of All Time? In what might be the greatest discovery of all time, Marko Rodin has figured out how to 3-dimensionally model the mathematical language of nature. As student of Marko Rodin Randy Powell says in his Ted Talk in 2010, “They say mathematics is the language of god, …
The tale is in the telling. Everyday storytellers weave the ordinary and spectacular into a larger narrative and invite us to follow along. Like a good stand-up comic, they’ve trained their eyes and ears to find meaning and humor in life—the inconsistencies, eccentricities, and injustices that make up our world—and to convey those observations in a way that helps us make new discoveries ourselves.
TED talk inspiration: Explore how a lack of knowledge is a tool of discovery, and indeed, a crucial and necessary one. By acknowledging that we "really don't know all there is to be known", we hope to re-frame the idea of ‘not knowing’ not as failure or inadequacy, but as a path to exposure to new perspectives. We wish to embrace curiosity and to encourage openness to ideas that are "beyond Z," beyond our own preconceived notions of what our "alphabet" is limited to.
Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed — Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849.