Movers and thinkers. Awesome.
Our world is constantly changing, and it is bold ideas that push this forward. Our speakers in this session are all big thinkers who are working to reshape the ways we see, think about, and interact with the world, from the mind behind some of your favorite fonts to an urban planner transforming New York City’s landscape.
Here are the speakers who will appear in this session:
As a type designer Matthew Carter has watched our words move from the physical to the digital. You may recognize his work — he’s designed the fonts Verdana, Georgia, and Tahoma.
Bob Greenberg returns to the TED stage to talk about the evolution of motion graphics.
While New York City’s chief urban planner, Amanda Burden revitalized the Brooklyn waterfront, and was a champion for The High Line — an abandoned elevated railway line turned park.
David Kwong writes the New York Times crossword…
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Physicist Brian Green promises he will tell the audience at TED 2014 the whole history of the universe in four minutes. “Forgive me,” he says, “if I leave out a detail here or there.”
He does it with two metaphors. One from the beginning till now, and another from now till the end.
Brian Greene. Photo: James Duncan Davidson
The universe today is 13.8 billion years old, and it can be very hard to get our minds around that number. So Greene uses a metaphor pioneered by Carl Sagan. Imagine that we’re part of a single calendar year. All of cosmic history compressed into a single calendar year. On this calendar:
- May 12, the Milky Way is formed.
- Sept 2nd, the Earth is formed.
- 11:40pm New Year’s Eve, Humans evolve.
- 11:44pm, we domesticate fire.
- 11:58pm the first cave paintings are made.
- 11:59:49pm writing is developed, so all of recorded history takes place…
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