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Goldman explains how “smarticles” work together to demonstrate collective behavior.
Gil Kalai: Why Quantum Computers Won’t Work
Kalai argues that limiting the noise in a quantum computer will also limit the computational power of the system.
Erich Jarvis on Theories About the Origin of Vocal Learning
Neuroscientist Erich Jarvis discusses how the brain circuitry for vocal learning in songbirds and humans evolved from systems for controlling body movements and why so few species have this ability.
Ed Boyden on the Promise of Expansion Microscopy
Ed Boyden explains how expansion microscopy could illuminate deep mysteries about how the brain works and improve cancer diagnosis, among other advances.
Richard Schwartz: In Praise of Simple Problems
Mathematician Richard Schwartz talks about why he’s attracted to the hidden depths of simple problems.
Corina Tarnita: First Understand Nature’s Rules
Corina Tarnita argues that to fully appreciate nature, you must first understand its rules.
Minhyong Kim: Connecting Number Theory to Physics
Minhyong Kim wanted to make sure he had concrete results in number theory before he admitted that his ideas were inspired by physics.
Federico Ardila: A Mathematician Who Dances to the Joys and Sorrows of Discovery
Federico Ardila on the joys and challenges of teaching math and helping students find their mathematical voice.
Michael Assis: The Atomic Theory of Origami
Michael Assis demonstrates how defects can be used to tune the properties of Miura-ori origami.