George Dyson: The story of Project Orion

TED2002

George Dyson: The story of Project Orion

801,512 views


Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

TEDGlobal 2007

Joseph Lekuton: A parable for Kenya

207,754 views


Joseph Lekuton, a member of parliament in Kenya, starts with the story of his remarkable education, then offers a parable of how Africa can grow. His message of hope has never been more relevant.

Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

TED2002

Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

562,582 views


Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users.

Pamelia Kurstin: The untouchable music of the theremin

TED2002

Pamelia Kurstin: The untouchable music of the theremin

1,758,618 views


Virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin performs and discusses her theremin, the not-just-for-sci-fi electronic instrument that is played without being touched. Songs include "Autumn Leaves," "Lush Life" and David Mash’s "Listen, Words Are Gone."

Eve Ensler: What security means to me

TEDGlobal 2005

Eve Ensler: What security means to me

1,115,538 views


Playwright Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security -- and why it makes us less secure. Listen for inspiring, heartbreaking stories of women making change.

Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

TED2005

Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

1,008,325 views


Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

TED2007

Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

1,454,615 views


What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

TED2007

Jaime Lerner: A song of the city

626,273 views


Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what's possible in the metropolitan landscape.

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

TED2007

Robin Chase: The idea behind Zipcar (and what comes next)

453,150 views


Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

TED2002

Chris Anderson: TED's nonprofit transition

335,242 views


Chris Anderson gave this talk in 2002, prior to taking over leadership of TED. Co-founder Richard Saul Wurman was leaving, and TED's future was in the balance. He seeks to persuade TEDsters that what was then a for-profit conference had a secure future as an idea-based nonprofit endeavor.

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

TEDGlobal 2005

Alison Jackson: An unusual glimpse at celebrity

682,386 views


By making photographs that seem to show our favorite celebs (Diana, Elton John) doing what we really, secretly, want to see them doing, Alison Jackson explores our desire to get personal with celebs. Contains graphic images.

Bernie Dunlap: The life-long learner

TED2007

Bernie Dunlap: The life-long learner

1,944,917 views


Wofford College president Bernie Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

Paola Antonelli: Treat design as art

TED2007

Paola Antonelli: Treat design as art

604,131 views


Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world.

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

TED2007

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

14,499,394 views


David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon.

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

TED2007

J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

3,657,646 views


J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that's evident in his films and TV shows, including Lost, Star Trek and the upcoming Star Wars VII -- back to its magical beginnings.

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

TED2007

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

4,468,905 views


Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.

Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

TED2007

Lakshmi Pratury: The lost art of letter-writing

583,943 views


Lakshmi Pratury remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares a series of notes her father wrote to her before he died. Her short but heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

TED2005

Arthur Benjamin: A performance of "Mathemagic"

8,628,651 views


In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

TEDGlobal 2007

Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

1,591,654 views


'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he'd noticed in villages across the continent.

Philippe Starck: Design and destiny

TED2007

Philippe Starck: Design and destiny

1,898,323 views


Designer Philippe Starck -- with no pretty slides to show -- spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.

David Pogue: The music wars

TED2007

David Pogue: The music wars

629,276 views


New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.

Robert Full: The sticky wonder of gecko feet

TED2005

Robert Full: The sticky wonder of gecko feet

732,544 views


Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.

Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

TED2007

Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

1,226,612 views


Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?

Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge

1,053,620 views


Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.