Ideas of Beauty

Today’s Nobel laureate is brought to you by the letters G and M, as in Murray Gell-Mann, last seen in this post.  Here is a terrific lecture he gave as part of the TED conference a couple of years ago.

If you are not familiar with the TED Talks, you should be.  The TED Conference, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is an annual conference of thinkers and leaders across a range of disciplines.  Attendees give short talks to the group, some of which are accessible to regular cowpokes on the net as TED Talks.  They are a fascinating series of lectures that can provide hours of entertainment and inspiration.  Since each one is only about 20 minutes, though, you can easily watch one while your horse is getting a drink from a stream.

In this lecture, Gell-Mann discusses the fact that in physics, there is an inherent beauty to the best of ideas.  As one who is astounded daily by the beauty of the universe around us, this not only makes sense to the Cowboy, it also adds to his sense of wonder.  Perhaps it will for you too.

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Published in: on March 24, 2009 at 17:06  Comments Off on Ideas of Beauty  
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