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Probability Theory Pioneer Mark Kac on the Duality of the Creative Life, the Singular Enchantment of Mathematics, and the Two Types of Geniuses
Probability Theory Pioneer Mark Kac on the Duality of the Creative Life, the Singular Enchantment of Mathematics, and the Two Types of Geniuses

“Creative people live in two worlds. One is the ordinary world which they share with others and in which they are not in any special way set apart from their fellow men. The other is private and it is in this world that the creative acts take place.”

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Pioneering Biochemist Erwin Chargaff on the Poetics of Curiosity, the Crucial Difference Between Understanding and Explanation, and What Makes a Scientist
Pioneering Biochemist Erwin Chargaff on the Poetics of Curiosity, the Crucial Difference Between Understanding and Explanation, and What Makes a Scientist

“If I know what I shall find, I do not want to find it. Uncertainty is the salt of life.”

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David Byrne’s Lending Library
David Byrne’s Lending Library

A colorful case of the mosaic of influences that is art.

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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects
Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects

The ever-expanding definition and cultural role of design in the age of sensors, data, and responsive interfaces.

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Schopenhauer on What Makes a Genius and the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius
Schopenhauer on What Makes a Genius and the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

“Genius is the power of leaving one’s own interests, wishes, and aims entirely out of sight… so as to remain pure knowing subject, clear vision of the world.”

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The Source of Richard Feynman’s Genius
The Source of Richard Feynman’s Genius

How the precious scarcity of knowledge imbued one of humanity’s most beloved minds with “the pleasure of finding things out.”

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How Diego Rivera Met the Fierce Teenage Frida Kahlo and Fell in Love with Her Years Later
How Diego Rivera Met the Fierce Teenage Frida Kahlo and Fell in Love with Her Years Later

“I did not know it then, but Frida had already become the most important fact in my life. And she would continue to be, up to the moment she died…”

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Far Out: The Real Space Odyssey
Far Out: The Real Space Odyssey

Hyperkinetic smashups, amateur brilliance, and what Stanley Kubrick has to do with sea sponges.

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