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Reads tagged with “knowledge”

Elevator Groupthink: An Ingenious 1962 Psychology Experiment in Conformity
Elevator Groupthink: An Ingenious 1962 Psychology Experiment in Conformity

What vintage Candid Camera can teach us about the cultural role of the global Occupy movement.

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Grierson: A Documentary About the Filmmaker Who Coined “Documentary”
Grierson: A Documentary About the Filmmaker Who Coined “Documentary”

Why reality is a better storytelling tool than fiction and how film can be a conduit of democracy.

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No Ordinary Genius: BBC Captures Richard Feynman’s Legacy
No Ordinary Genius: BBC Captures Richard Feynman’s Legacy

Explaining the scientific process with chess, or why childlike wonder is key to getting unstuck in science.

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How Bananas Became a Global Commodity
How Bananas Became a Global Commodity

What the silent film era has to do with the architecture of atmospheric control.

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Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986
Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986

A startup sentiment sandwich from the master chef, or why “reality distortion” helps sales but hurts design.

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Mathemagician Vi Hart Explains Spirals and Fibonacci Numbers in Doodles and Vegetables
Mathemagician Vi Hart Explains Spirals and Fibonacci Numbers in Doodles and Vegetables

What snuggled-up slug cats have to do with the math of cosmic wonder and simple beginnings.

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An Illustrated Visualization of What Happens on Earth in a Single Second
An Illustrated Visualization of What Happens on Earth in a Single Second

What a whale’s song has to do with the Helios II satellite and the beat of the pigmy shrew’s heart.

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From Beer to Life on Mars: The Seven Wonders of Microbes
From Beer to Life on Mars: The Seven Wonders of Microbes

What genetic engineering has to do with the English Reformation, leftovers, and the invention of Penicillin.

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The Physics Book: An Illustrated Chronology of How We Understand the Universe
The Physics Book: An Illustrated Chronology of How We Understand the Universe

Making knowledge digestible in the age of information overload, or what a cat has to do with quasicrystals.

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We Love You, Beatles: Vintage Children’s Illustration Circa 1971
We Love You, Beatles: Vintage Children’s Illustration Circa 1971

Can’t buy me love, but you can buy me this vintage treasure.

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