Carlo Ratti
Carlo Ratti
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Andrea Barrett
Andrea Barrett
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Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe
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Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
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Chuck Hoberman
Chuck Hoberman
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Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
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David Byrne
David Byrne
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Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli
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Will Self
Will Self
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Stephen Schneider
Stephen Schneider
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Natalie Jeremijenko
Natalie Jeremijenko
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Robert Trivers
Robert Trivers
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Michael Gazzaniga
Michael Gazzaniga
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Andrew Endy
Andrew Endy
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Thomas E. Lovejoy
Thomas E. Lovejoy
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Lisa Randall
Lisa Randall
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Peter Galison
Peter Galison
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Steven Strogatz
Steven Strogatz
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Errol Morris
Errol Morris
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Albert-László Barabási
Albert-László Barabási
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Janna Levin
Janna Levin
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James Fowler
James Fowler
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Benoit Mandelbrot
Benoit Mandelbrot
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Paul Steinhardt
Paul Steinhardt
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Michael Shanks
Michael Shanks
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Will Wright
Will Wright
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 Mitchell Joachim
Mitchell Joachim
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Jill Tarter
Jill Tarter
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Marc Hauser
Marc Hauser
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Carlo Ratti
Carlo RattiItalian architect and designer Carlo Ratti is interested in the dynamic between technology and physical space.His work, exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale, among other venues, uses the flow of information to map and predict urban behavior and has garnered him a place on the Italian Design Council. His pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was named one of Time magazine's "Best Inventions of the Year."Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the SENSEable City Laboratory, an interdisciplinary group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.Harvard University, Massachusetts
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Andrea Barrett
Andrea BarrettAndrea Barrett is a celebrated American writer known for her historical fiction and its realistic portrayal of the natural sciences.She studied biology and zoology before turning to writing full-time, achieving prominence when her book of short stories, Ship Fever, won the National Book Award in 1996.Since then, Barrett has received a MacArthur Fellowship and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her collection Servants of the Map. She is currently teaching English at Williams College and working on a novel.New York City
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Tom Wolfe
Tom WolfeNovelist and journalist Tom Wolfe spent his early days as a Washington Post beat reporter, where his free-association, onomatopoetic style would later become the trademark of New Journalism.In books such as The Electric Koolaid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolfe delves into the inner workings of the mind, writing about the unconscious decisions people make in their lives. His attention to eccentricities of human behavior and language and to questions of social status are considered unparalleled in the American literary canon.New York City
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Michel Gondry
Michel GondryWriter and director Michel Gondry won a 2005 Academy Award for the original screenplay Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.Lauded for his inventive visual style, Gondry started out making music videos and his 1994 Levi's commercial is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most award-winning commercial of all time.New York City
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Chuck Hoberman
Chuck HobermanChuck Hoberman is perhaps best known for inventing the Hoberman sphere, a geodesic globe that can expand up to five times its diameter.An accomplished designer, architect, artist, and engineer, Hoberman has pioneered the field of transformation technology in service of such diverse areas as medicine, architecture, and toy-making.He won the Chrysler Design Award in 1997 and his creations have been displayed around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.New York City
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Noam Chomsky
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and US foreign policy. His pioneering work in syntactic structure revolutionized linguistics and has influenced fields as diverse as cognitive psychology, computer science and philosophy.Chomsky is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, and has been called the world's most important intellectual by the New York Times. In 1955 Chomsky joined the staff at MIT where he continues to work as a professor of linguistics.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
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David Byrne
David ByrneDavid Byrne is well known as lead singer and songwriter of the seminal band Talking Heads. He has also led an extensive solo career, composed music for dance, theater, and film, receiving an Academy Award for his work on The Last Emperor soundtrack and founded the record label Luaka Bop.In addition to directing videos and feature films, he has published and exhibited his artwork internationally over the past decade and is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York.Byrne is the author of five books, including, most recently, Arboretum.New York City
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Paola Antonelli
Paola AntonelliPaola Antonelli is senior curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, where, beginning with her highly acclaimed debut exhibition, Mutant Materials and Contemporary Design, she has consistently challenged popular definitions of design.She has curated exhibits in Italy, France, and Japan, contributed to numerous publications, and lectures frequently at global gatherings such as the World Economic Forum.In 2006, Antonelli earned the Smithsonian's prestigious Design Mind Award, and in 2007 was named by Time as one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries.New York City
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Will Self
Will SelfWill Self is a writer and satirist who has authored novels, short stories, essays, and newspaper columns.In the recently published book Psychogeography, a collection of his columns for The Independent, Self charts his walks through urban and rural areas, addressing the relationship between place and inner state.Self's published work includes the novel Great Apes, which takes place in a world in which chimpanzees are self-aware, and the short story collection Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys, for which he won the Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction.New York City
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Stephen Schneider
Stephen SchneiderStephen Schneider was a professor, and co-director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy, at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and studied as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.Schneider served under six presidential administrations, as either a federal consultant or a member of the White House staff. He is the author and editor of numerous books, and received a MacArthur Fellowship for his efforts to increase public understanding of climate research.Stanford University, California
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Natalie Jeremijenko
Natalie JeremijenkoNatalie Jeremijenko is an artist whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience, and precision engineering. Jeremijenko's projects which explore the dynamic between humans, technology, and nature, have been exhibited by several museums and galleries, including MoMA, the Whitney, and Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt.A 1999 Rockefeller Fellow, she was recently named one of the 40 most influential designers by I.D. Magazine. Jeremijenko is the director of the environmental health clinic at NYU and assistant professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.New York City
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Robert Trivers
Robert TriversRobert Trivers is an evolutionary biologist. In the early 1970s he wrote a series of landmark papers that provided a Darwinian basis for understanding complex human activities and relationships.Named one of the 100 greatest thinkers and scientists of the 20th century by Time magazine, Trivers' theories have inspired a vast amount of research and commentary in psychology and biology.His most recent book, Genes in Conflict (with Austin Burt) presents the first comprehensive review of selfish genetic elements in all species. He currently a professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences.Rutgers University, New Jersey
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Michael Gazzaniga
Michael GazzanigaConsidered the father of cognitive neuroscience, Michael Gazzaniga has long been fascinated by how the mind emerges from the brain.His work, which focuses on patients who have undergone split-brain surgery, underpins his many books, including Nature's Mind and The Ethical Brain. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gazzaniga serves as director of the cross-disciplinary SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind.He is founder of both the Neuroscience Institute and the Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences and is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics.New York City
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Andrew Endy
Andrew EndyAndrew Endy is a synthetic biologist and Tenured Professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, California.In March 2013, heading a team of researchers that had created the biological equivalent of a transistor, which they dubbed a "transcriptor". The invention was the final of the three components necessary to build a fully functional biocomputer - data storage, information transmission, and a basic system of logic.New York City
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Thomas E. Lovejoy
Thomas E. LovejoyTropical biologist Thomas E. Lovejoy was instrumental in establishing the field of conservation biology, introducing the term "biological diversity" to the scientific community in 1980.He is currently biodiversity chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment in Washington, DC, and previously served as the World Bank's chief biodiversity adviser, senior adviser to the president of the United Nations Foundation, and on councils under Presidents Reagan, the first Bush, and Clinton.Lovejoy received the 2001 Tyler Prize for environmental achievement.New York City
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Lisa Randall
Lisa RandallHarvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall is a leader in the fields of particle physics and cosmology, and is especially renowned for her work on extra dimensions. In 2004, she was the most cited theoretical physicist of the previous five years.In 2005, the New York Times included her book, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, in its 100 Notable Books of the Year. Randall was included in the Time 100, Time's list of the most influential people in the world.New York City
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Peter Galison
Peter GalisonThe Pellegrino University Professor in History of Political Science and Physics at Harvard, focuses on questions such as: What, at any given time, convinces people that an experiment is true?The recipient of a MacArthur "genius" award and the Max Planck Prize, Galison has launched several projects examining cross-currents between science and other fields, including two documentaries: The Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma and Secrecy, about the costs and benefits of government privacy, which debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.New York City
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Steven Strogatz
Steven StrogatzMathematician Steven Strogatz has pioneered the study of synchrony and spontaneous order at every level of the universe. His research explores the common ground between such phenomena as human circadian rhythms, firefly synchronicity, and small-world networks in nature and society.The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Strogatz is author of Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order and The Calculus of Friendship.He is currently the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.New York City
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Errol Morris
Errol MorrisErrol Morris is a documentary filmmaker. Over the past 25 years he has made eight films, including Gates of Heaven, which Roger Ebert called “one of the ten best films of all time,” and the Oscar-winning The Fog of War.In 1999 the Sundance Film Festival paid special tribute to Morris, and the Museum of Modern Art mounted a full retrospective of his work. His new film, Standard Operating Procedure, is about the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Harvard University, Massachusetts.
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Albert-László Barabási
Albert-László BarabásiBest known for developing the concept of "scale free" networks, Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási is a major contributor to the field of network science.He is currently exploring the interplay between networks and human dynamics and the role of cellular networks in human diseases. The recipient of numerous prizes in biology, physics, and computer science, Barabási directs the Center for Network Science at Northeastern University and is a member of the Center of Cancer Systems Biology at Harvard University.He is author of Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and Bursts.New York City
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Janna Levin
Janna Levin Janna Levin is a theoretical cosmologist and a writer. Her research involves the origin of the universe, the shape of space-time, chaos, and black holes.She is the author of two books, most recently the novel A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines. Levin has worked at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Cambridge, and served as a scientist-in-residence at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing in Oxford.She is currently a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia UniversityNew York City
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James Fowler
James FowlerJames Fowler is a new kind of political scientist. Specializing in genopolitics &mdash the genetic basis of political behavior &mdash and the evolution of cooperation, he melds the social with the biological, pushing the boundaries of his field to discover, for example, that smoking, obesity, and happiness spread within social networks, and that genes affect voting behavior.A professor at the University of California, San Diego, Fowler is famous among students for publishing the first scientific evidence to support the "Colbert bump." and Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.New York City
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Benoit Mandelbrot
Benoit Mandelbrot The father of “fractal” geometry, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot coined the term in the 1970s to describe his investigation into the phenomenon of self-similarity. His ideas revolutionized mathematics and have had a profound impact on several fields across the physical and social sciences. Mandelbrot's numerous papers and books include The Fractal Geometry of Nature, which was recognized as one of the most influential science books of the 20th century. In January 2006, he was appointed Officer of the French Legion of Honor. He is currently Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale.Boston, Massachusetts.
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Paul Steinhardt
Paul SteinhardtA theoretical physicist whose research spans problems in condensed matter physics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, Paul Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University and director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics.He is known as one of the architects of inflationary cosmology, for which he shared the 2003 Dirac Medal, and was also among the first to show evidence for dark energy and cosmic acceleration. With physicist Neil Turok, he is the author of Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang.New York City
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Michael Shanks
Michael ShanksMichael Shanks is an archaeologist whose work has been highly influential in archaeological theory and practice.He is currently the Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Stanford Humanities Lab. He also directs the Archaeology Center's Metamedia Lab, which explores the materiality of media and the role of history and memory in art and artifact. Shanks is the author or co-author of several books, including Re-Constructing Archaeology, Experiencing the Past, and Theatre/Archaeology.New York City
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Will Wright
Will Wright Will Wright designs computer games. In 1987 he co founded the game development company Maxis, which launched SimCity, a game inspired by theories of human psychology and architecture and heralded as one of the most influential in history.Now, to fulfill his vision for an experience that unites science and creativity, Wright has designed Spore, the life simulation game. Inventor, tinkerer, and entrepreneur, Wright was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2002, and in 2005 was awarded PC Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.New York City
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 Mitchell Joachim
Mitchell JoachimArchitect and urban designer Mitchell Joachim is cofounder of the New York-based Terreform 1, a nonprofit design collaborative whose projects focus on integrating the principles of ecology into an urban context.Formerly a member of MIT's Smart Cities Group, he has been involved with numerous award-winning projects, such as Fab Tree Hab, which was recently on exhibit at MoMA, and the Compacted Car, dubbed Time's Best Invention of the Year 2007.Joachim is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a visiting professor at Parsons, The New School of Design.New York City
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Jill Tarter
Jill TarterA pioneer in the field of astrobiology, Jill Tarter has dedicated her career to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. As director of the Center for SETI Research she and her team listen for signs of intelligent life amid the vast cosmic noise accumulated by the Allen Telescope Array.Tarter, who was portrayed by Jodie Foster in the movie Contact, has received numerous accolades for her work, including two public service medals from NASA.In 2004 she was named one of the Time 100, Time's list of the most influential people in the world.New York City
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Marc Hauser
Marc HauserMarc Hauser is an evolutionary psychologist and biologist whose research aims to understand cognitive evolution. His new theory of "humaniqueness" differentiates human and nonhuman animal cognition. He is the author of several books, most recently, Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong.The recipient of several awards, including a Guggenheim Award and a College de France Science medal, Hauser currently co-directs Harvard's Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program and is director of the Cognitive Evolution Lab.New York City
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