Big Data | August 19, 2014
Data on the Delta: Jer Thorp's Experiment in Live-Data Tracking
— Data artist and current Lavin speaker-at-large Jer Thorp just let us know that he’s about to take his work off the continent—specifically, exploring the Okavanga Delta in Botswana with a team of a team of scientists, artists, and engineers. The most exciting component of the trip will be the live-data tracking, which Thorp is making available to anyone and everyone. “Every observation we’re making and every photo we...
Business Strategy | August 18, 2014
To Start Something New, Business Looks to Art: TED Speaker Sarah Lewis
— The folks at TED have launched a new microsite, aimed at business leaders, and the first post is by Lavin speaker Sarah Lewis, author of The Rise. Lewis discusses avenues to mastery in business by looking in the opposite direction—to artists. (Besides being a TED 2014 speaker,...
Environment | August 14, 2014
Water Water Everywhere? Speaker Charles Fishman Taps into the Water Supply Crisis
— It’s been a harrowing week in water news—just one in an overwhelmingly wild year, says water speaker Charles Fishman. Three recent events are just a trickle of what’s to come as a result of America’s outdated water system, which triggered (among other things) the worst drought in California history. Fishman, bestselling author of The Big Thirst,
Science | August 11, 2014
Is Creativity in the Genes? Maria Konnikova Talks to Twins Austin and Lev Grossman
— In The Atlantic, Maria Konnikova interviews twin brothers Austin and Lev Grossman—two novelists whose parents were writers—wondering “how much of our creative ability is genetically determined, and how...
Politics | August 07, 2014
Against the '70s: NYT Praises Rick Perlstein's “Epic” History, The Invisible Bridge
— Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge—a book about the rise of Ronald Reagan in the 1970s—is shaping up to be the political book of 2014. In a New York Times Book Review cover story, Frank Rich calls it “both enjoyable as kaleidoscopic popular history...and telling about...
Education | August 01, 2014
Why We Suck at Math: Lavin Speakers Add it Up in the Times
— Math is having a moment. Recently, two Lavin speakers—Jordan Ellenberg and Elizabeth Green—topped the The New York Times' most-emailed articles list (No's 1 and 2, respectively) with stories on mathematics. They addressed why math matters, why most Americans are allergic to math, and how to teach it effectively, especially to students....
David Rose, author of Enchanted Objects, explains the future of our everyday items: trash cans that ask to be emptied, chairs that trigger music, and coffee tables that display photos. How will this Internet of Things change our lives?