Monday, July 23, 2007

On Getting Creative Ideas, Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann is one of the largest living legends in physics. He's also been described The Man With Five Brains, and it's no puzzle why: He was admitted to Yale at 15, got his PhD from MIT at 21, and is an international advisor on the environment. He speaks 13 languages fluently (at last count), and has expertise in such far-ranging fields as natural history, historical linguistics, archaeology, bird-watching, depth psychology, and the theory of complex adaptive systems.

Oh yeah - he also coined the term "quark," after developing key aspects of the modern theory of quantum physics... for which he earned an unshared Nobel prize in physics in 1969. His ideas revolutionized the world's thinking on elementary particles. In this talk, he gives his thoughts "on getting creative ideas."

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