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Lynn Brunelle
Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of ParenthoodHow do you connect the artsy, science-nerd mom with the art and science of parenting? Mama Gone Geek reads like a field trip through pregnancy and parenting, sprinkled with the sparkle of science, wrapped in a hilarious and awe-inspiring memoir. With great enthusiasm, Lynn shows how she shares her inner geek—the part of her that is gleefully curious and wide-eyed with wonderment—with her children. If science is the stardust that makes common things glow, why not pass that magic along to the kids? When she...
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Date: 9 December 2014
Duration: 00:41:35
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Colin Adams
Zombies and CalculusHow can calculus help you survive the zombie apocalypse? Colin Adams, one of today's most entertaining math writers, demonstrates how in this zombie adventure novel. Zombies and Calculus is the account of Craig Williams, a math professor at a small, New England liberal arts college, who, in the middle of a calculus class, finds himself suddenly confronted by a late-arriving student whose hunger is not for knowledge. As the zombie virus spreads, Williams uses calculus to help his small band of survivors...
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Date: 20 November 2014
Duration: 00:42:22
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Matt Parker
Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A MathematicianFor starters, take out paper and pencil, compass, straight edge, maybe a balloon or a bag of oranges, because the author will challenge you to tackle puzzles, whether it's cutting a pizza in equal slices so some pieces never touch the center or passing a quarter through a nickel-size hole. Parker begins with the easier elements like number systems, primes and the polygons of Euclidean geometry. But his approach has the acceleration of a Ferrari, so readers are quickly racing into higher dimensional space....
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Date: 17 November 2014
Duration: 00:53:34
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Liz Wiseman
Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of WorkIs it possible to be at your best when you are under-qualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth - your 'rookie smarts' - to take on new challenges? In a rapidly changing world, experience may be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. As it turns out, being new, naive, and even clueless may be an asset. For today's knowledge workers, constant learning...
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Date: 3 November 2014
Duration: 01:07:35
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
William Gibson
The PeripheralAs a favor to her brother Burton, Flynne Fisher fills in on a mysterious job beta testing a new game. She's glad for the work, as money is tight with her mother needing constant medical care and Burton having financial troubles since he left the marines. Remotely flying a copter around a high-rise building, Flynne is tasked with simply keeping the paparazzi drones away from one of the apartments, but after she witnesses a murder, everything in her life is going to change.
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Date: 28 October 2014
Duration: 00:58:24
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Jim Dwyer
More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from FacebookDavid versus Goliath in Silicon Valley - an epic attempt to take back the Internet: Their idea was simple. Four NYU undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control their personal data, instead of surrendering it to big businesses like Facebook. They called it Diaspora. In days, they raised $200,000, and reporters, venture capitalists, and the digital community's most legendary figures were soon monitoring their progress. Max dreamed of being a CEO. Ilya was the idealist. Dan...
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Date: 27 October 2014
Duration: 00:48:02
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Steven Johnson
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldWhat was the chain of unexpected connections that led from the search for clean water to the manufacture of computer chips? And how did the overheating of printing presses in the U.S. inspire mass migration and political transformation? How We Got to Now, explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. This illustrated...
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Date: 23 October 2014
Duration: 00:59:02
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Severin Romanov and Nicholas Romanov
The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther and Injury-Free for LifeThe popular 'barefoot' or minimalist running trend changed the way we think about running, but it has also prompted many questions: Have we been running the wrong way? Have we been running in the wrong kind of shoe? What is the safest type of foot strike? The Running Revolution provides both beginning and experienced runners with everything they need to know in order to safely and efficiently transition to and master a safer and more biomechanically efficient way of running that is guaranteed to improve...
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Date: 14 October 2014
Duration: 01:05:50
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Steven Pinker
The Sense of Style: The Thinking PersonWhy is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies...
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Date: 6 October 2014
Duration: 01:06:23
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Joshua Wolf Shenk
Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative PairsA revelatory synthesis of cultural history and social psychology that shows how one-to-one collaboration drives creative successWeaving the lives of scores of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—Joshua Wolf Shenk identifies the core qualities of that dizzying experience we call 'chemistry.' Revealing the six essential stages through which creative intimacy unfolds, Shenk draws on new scientific research and builds an argument for the...
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Date: 22 September 2014
Duration: 01:07:00
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Laurence Steinberg
Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of AdolescenceA leading authority draws on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more successful kids.Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before. And as world-renowned expert on adolescent psychology Dr. Laurence Steinberg argues, this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life outcomes, demanding that we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people.In Age of Opportunity, Steinberg leads readers...
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Date: 17 September 2014
Duration: 01:06:14
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John Scalzi
Lock InNot too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes 'Lock In': Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.
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Date: 3 September 2014
Duration: 00:57:01
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Wallace J. Nichols
Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You DoWhy are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols will discuss how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish...
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Date: 31 July 2014
Duration: 01:04:38
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Robert Scoble
Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of PrivacyIn 2006, co-authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel wrote Naked Conversations, a book that persuaded businesses to embrace what we now call social media. Six years later they have teamed up again to report that social media is but one of five converging forces – mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology – that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. The...
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Date: 29 July 2014
Duration: 01:07:40
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
John Rossman
The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the WorldIn just twenty years, Amazon.com has gone from a start-up internet bookseller to a global company revolutionizing multiple industries, including retail, publishing, logistics, devices, apparel, and cloud computing. But what is at the heart of Amazon.com’s rise to success? Is it the tens of millions of items in stock, the company’s technological prowess, or the many customer service innovations like “one-click”? As a leader at Amazon who had a front-row seat during its formative years, John Rossman...
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Date: 22 July 2014
Duration: 00:55:59
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
John Foreman
Leading from the Back: Making Data Science Work at a UX-driven BusinessMailChimp sends 10 billion email newsletters for over 6 million customers each month (a lot of that goes to Hotmail), and from those sends comes a mountain of clicks, opens, purchases, and other transactional data. But MailChimp's success as a start-up wasn't built on data. It was built on a user experience that placed an intuitive and friendly interface on email marketing and removed much of the busy work. So how does a company whose business is not data, use its massive data set? John Foreman, author of...
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Date: 14 July 2014
Duration: 01:03:27
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Aaron Hurst
The Purpose EconomyA series of shifts are happening in our economy: Millennials are trading in conventional career paths to launch tech start-ups, start small businesses that are rooted in local communities, or freelance their expertise. We are sharing everything, from bikes and cars, to extra rooms in our homes. We now create, buy and sell handcrafted products in our local communities with ease. While these developments seem unrelated at first, taken together they reveal a powerful pattern that points to purpose as the new...
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Date: 8 July 2014
Duration: 01:05:27
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Yukari Kane
Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve JobsFor her book, Haunted Empire, former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs's death. Kane conducted hundreds of interviews with current and former executives, business partners, and others and offers an investigative look at Jobs's final years with the company and how it’s become more efficient, but also more bureaucratic since his death. According to Kane, Apple is caught between uncertain peril and new opportunity. ...
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Date: 27 June 2014
Duration: 00:39:23
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G. Richard Shell
Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for SuccessSuccess, both in one’s career and in life, can be difficult to measure and even harder to define. Professor Shell will challenge you to investigate two deeply personal questions: • How do I define success in my life? • What are my strengths and weaknesses in terms of success-oriented practices? He will help you to discover your current success beliefs in a story-filled talk on what modern social science research can teach you about the components of success, including such things as happiness,...
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Date: 25 June 2014
Duration: 01:12:13
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Jordan Ellenberg
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical ThinkingMath-whiz Jordan Ellenberg believes that math is not confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do; the whole world is shot through with it. He argues that math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It is a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted:...
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Date: 18 June 2014
Duration: 00:53:24
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Katie Davis
The App Generation: How TodayNo one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply—some would say totally—involved with digital media. Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today’s young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era.Gardner and Davis are concerned with three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination. Through...
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Date: 5 June 2014
Duration: 01:08:46
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Rick Barraza, James George, Stephen Schieberl, Genevieve Hoffman, Anna Czoski, and Michael Szivos
Ambient Creativity Hackfest Panel on Computational Design, Diversity and the Changing Face of Modern DevelopersPlease join us for a panel discussion on computational design, diversity and the changing face of modern developers with guest speakers from our Ambient Creativity hackfest. Bringing together a small group of pioneers in this space, ranging from award winning Agencies to researchers, artists and architects, this talk will explore the blurring line between designers and developers and how open source communities are helping to redefine the way we craft experiences around emerging technology.
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Date: 3 June 2014
Duration: 01:24:38
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Rajiv Narang
Orbit-Shifting Innovation: The Dynamics of Ideas that Create HistoryOrbit-shifting innovation happens when an area that needs transformation meets an innovator with the will and the desire to create, and not follow, history. At the heart of every orbit-shifting innovation is the breakthrough that achieves a transformative impact. Rajiv Narang, founder of the Innovation firm Erehwon, argues that business, social enterprises and even governments need orbit-shifting ideas to create a transformative impact. He’ll discuss how groundbreaking ideas come about, and what...
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Date: 22 May 2014
Duration: 01:10:10
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Andrew Yang
Smart People Should Build Things. How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in AmericaWe’ve got a problem- young people aren’t building things. They’re not starting or joining innovative companies that are addressing crises in education, energy, or transportation. Meanwhile, in emerging cities such as New Orleans, Detroit, and Baltimore, promising startups and growth companies are desperate to attract the talent they need to expand. Andrew will discuss the problem with the flow of talent in the United States and how his organization is addressing this issue and building a path to...
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Date: 13 May 2014
Duration: 01:00:42
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Carmine Gallo
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the WorldTED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public...
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Date: 22 April 2014
Duration: 01:00:49
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
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