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Maya Archaeology and Its Relevance to the Modern World
Jeremy Sabloff
Sept. 10, 2014
Stanislaw Ulam Lecture Series: Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters While the great architectural, artistic, and intellectual achievements of Pre-Columbian Maya peoples continue to bedazzle us for their richness, an understanding of the arc of ancient Maya civilization has relevance to problems facing the world today. SFI ...
How Insights from Archaeology Might Help Shape Our Future
Jeremy Sabloff
Sept. 9, 2014
Stanislaw Ulam Lecture Series: Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters Despite its popularity, archaeology’s public perception is not as accurate as it could be. Archaeologists do not have their collective heads immersed in the past, as is often supposed, but are very much concerned with both the ...
City as a Startup
Tony Hsieh, Geoffrey West
Sept. 3, 2014
n 2011, Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas' downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else. His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about ...
The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math
Steven Strogatz
Aug. 6, 2014
Viewed through the right lens, the universal language of math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, and even pop culture and current events. It underpins every aspect of our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works. Yet few of us understand math well ...
Is Time Travel Possible? Testing the ‘Grandfather Paradox’
Seth Lloyd
July 16, 2014
Time travel is a science fiction staple, inspiring the plots of countless books, movies and Star Trek episodes. But while basic physics allows for the possibility of moving through time, practical concerns like the “Grandfather Paradox,” in which a traveler jumps back in time, kills his grandfather and therefore prevents ...
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