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Origami and Fractals: Shadowy Worlds Between Art and Mathematics

Jane Chafin | Posted 12.16.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

I watched two short documentaries this week about visuals that exist in the shadowy world between art and mathematics. The first film is from the PBS's "Nova" series, Fractals, Hunting the Hidden Dimension. The second is Vanessa Gould's 2009 documentary Between the Folds, a fascinating look at the history and evolution of the world of paper folding.

A Walk Through Paris With Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Taleb has been criticized, but he tells it as he sees it, whether or not everyone agrees.

Why TED Matters Now

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Rosenbaum

The world goes through cycles. Chapters. We've just come out of the industrial age. We're peering around the corner of the digital age. And we face large problems. Energy. Poverty. Inequality. Healthcare.