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Kathleen Eisenhardt
Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex WorldLife gets more complicated every day. Whether you're struggling with information overload, attempting to act effectively with limited resources or trying to change bad habits – Kathleen can help. She and her co-author Don Sulls (MIT) have spent the last decade working with businesses around the world, and have developed a set of highly effective, tried-and-tested rules to help tackle complex problems, whatever they are. So, how do we make the best decisions when deluged with data? How do we solve problems...
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Date: 20 May 2015
Duration: 00:46:37
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Leonard Mlodinow
The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the CosmosA few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. The Upright Thinkers takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, the book provides a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written...
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Date: 12 May 2015
Duration: 00:58:21
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Dorie Clark
Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around ItToo many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they'll be recognized as experts on the merits of their work. But as Dorie Clark points out, 'with more than a million books published each year and 500 million tweets sent each day' you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge to inspire and lead. Becoming a 'thought leader' is a mysterious process. Where do the ideas come from, and how do they get noticed? Stand Out explains how to identify the ideas that set...
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Date: 6 May 2015
Duration: 00:55:49
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Sydney Padua
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First ComputerLord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace was, according to some, instrumental in creating the blueprint for the first computer in collaboration with Charles Babbage. Unfortunately, both Lovelace and Babbage died before their proposed Analytical Engine became a reality. Here is the imagined world where they lived to build their fabled machine–and use it to fight crime. Filled with the “spirit of genuine inventiveness” (Publisher’s Weekly) Padua’s expertly researched webcomic-turned-graphic novel sheds light on...
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Date: 4 May 2015
Duration: 00:39:53
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Joe Plumeri
The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success by Putting Passion into Your Life and WorkEveryone imagines top CEOs as larger–than–life figures who do things no one else could. But deep down, a good business leader is an everyman who combines vision and high energy with the ability to connect with and learn from all types of people. In The Power of Being Yourself, renowned business leader Joe Plumeri offers simple yet profound guidance on how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others, and achieve success in your life and work.By sharing his own experiences—and candidly exploring...
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Date: 29 April 2015
Duration: 01:04:53
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Eric Brechner
Agile Project Management with KanbanThere's a way to organize your work, stay focused, avoid mistakes, and be hyper-productive that you can learn in five minutes using sticky notes and markers. It's been used by Toyota to make cars, by Xbox to build software, and by individuals to maintain sanity. It’s called Kanban, and Eric Brechner, an Xbox development manager, has been using it with multiple teams for the past four years. Agile Project Management with Kanban, has a quick start guide, with illustrations and online spreadsheets to get you...
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Date: 21 April 2015
Duration: 01:07:15
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Jeffrey Bennett
What is Relativity?: An Intuitive Introduction to EinsteinIt is commonly assumed that if the Sun suddenly turned into a black hole, it would suck Earth and the rest of the planets into oblivion. Yet, as prominent author and astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett points out, black holes don't suck. With that simple idea in mind, Bennett begins an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories of relativity, describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip to a black hole. The theory of relativity also reveals the speed of light as...
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Date: 16 April 2015
Duration: 00:54:35
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Dave Zobel
The Science of TVThe highest-rated scripted show on TV, The Big Bang Theory often features Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Raj wisecracking about scientific principles as if Penny and the rest of us should know exactly what they’re talking about. The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory lets all of us in on the punchline by breaking down the show’s scientific conversations. From an explanation of why Sheldon would think 73 is the best number, to an experiment involving the physical stature of Wolowitz women, to an argument...
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Date: 8 April 2015
Duration: 00:46:27
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Linda Hill
Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading InnovationGreat leaders of innovation don't fit the conventional mold of 'good' leadership. They're not visionaries who set direction and inspire others to follow. Instead, they create the context in which others are both willing and able to innovate. As one leader said, 'My job is to set the stage, not to perform on it.' You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help - but there's...
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Date: 31 March 2015
Duration: 01:01:19
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Ben Parr
Captivology: The Science of Capturing PeopleWhy are we captivated by sites like Facebook and Instagram, but couldn't care less about MySpace? Why do some musicians grow as popular as Beyonce, while others never make the charts? Why do some nonprofits, such as Charity: Water, succeed in getting our donations, while other charities are ineffective?Whether you're an artist or a salesperson, a teacher or an engineer, a marketer or a parent - putting the spotlight on your ideas, insights, projects and products requires a deep understanding of the science...
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Date: 18 March 2015
Duration: 00:52:02
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Amy Wilkinson
The CreatorHow do some people turn ideas into enterprises or initiatives that endure? Why do some people succeed when so many others fail? The Creator's Code unlocks the six essential skills that turn small notions into big companies or successful efforts within established companies. Over the course of five years, Amy Wilkinson conducted rigorous interviews and analyzed research across many different fields. From the creators of the companies ranging from Yelp to Chobani to Zipcar, she found that entrepreneurial...
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Date: 24 February 2015
Duration: 00:56:54
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Ron Lieber
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About MoneyIn the spirit of Wendy Mogel's The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's Nurture Shock, New York Times 'Your Money' columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years.For Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money,...
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Date: 9 February 2015
Duration: 01:08:35
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
William Ury
Getting to Yes With Yourself: and Other Worthy OpponentsHow might we expect to get to 'yes' with others if we haven’t first gotten to 'yes' with ourselves? Over the years, William Ury has discovered that the greatest obstacle to successful agreements and satisfying relationships is not the other side. The biggest obstacle is ourselves—our natural tendency to react in ways that do not serve our true interests.Getting to Yes with Yourself explores the concept of understanding and influencing ourselves first, followed by laying the groundwork for understanding and...
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Date: 5 February 2015
Duration: 01:05:02
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Jaeyoung Park
Polywell Fusion: Electrostatic Fusion in a Magnetic CuspNuclear fusion power is considered the ultimate energy source because of its nearly inexhaustible supply of cheap fuels, intrinsic safety, zero emissions and lack of long-lived radioactive waste. Despite tremendous progress in science and technology of fusion reactors, the general consensus has been, and still is, “fusion is always 20 years away”. In this talk, I will introduce the Polywell fusion concept that may offer a low cost and rapid development path to power the world economically and...
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Date: 22 January 2015
Duration: 01:33:38
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
James Whittaker
James Whittaker teaches "The Art of Stage Presence"Every hour of every day in every country where business is conducted the same scene plays out: dozens of well-paid people sitting in a conference room being bored senseless. Death by a thousand slides. This mind numbing, soul crushing, grotesquely expensive experience ends here. James Whittaker reveals the secrets to conceiving, building and delivering a great presentation. Whatever your level of presentation skills, this course offers to hone them. You’ll learn how to build a compelling story from the...
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Date: 15 December 2014
Duration: 03:31:18
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
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
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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
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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
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
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
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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
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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
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