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Series: Ideas Roadshow


Advice to a Young Scientist

Advice to a Young Scientist

Ten world-leading scientists (Nima Arkani-Hamed, Claudia de Rham, Ian Stewart, Freeman Dyson, Artur Ekert,Tony Leggett, Justin Khoury, David Politzer, Joanna Haigh, Paul Steinhardt), including two Nobel Laureates, share valuable, candid advice to...Show More
Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

Four distinguished historians give their captivating perspectives on daily life in Ancient Rome, from the way people lived, to the role of law in society, to the legacy of the Civil Wars, and more. Featured are: David Armitage (Harvard...Show More
Becoming a Physicist

Becoming a Physicist

Nine leading physicists describe fascinating aspects of their personal trajectories of how they became the professional scientists that they are today at prestigious institutions around the world. Featured are: Joanna Haigh (Imperial College),...Show More
Becoming a Psychologist

Becoming a Psychologist

Five prominent psychologists provide inspirational, behind-the-scenes insights into the driving factors that led them to study psychology and become professional psychologists. Featured are: Barbara Fredrickson (UNC Chapel Hill), Philip Zimbardo...Show More
Being a Historian

Being a Historian

Five prominent historians share captivating, behind-the-scenes insigths into both the excitement and frustration of life as a professional historian on the front lines of research. Featured are: Richard Janko, Professor of Classical Studies at...Show More
Bioluminescent Mysteries

Bioluminescent Mysteries

Bioluminescence expert Edie Widder at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association gives us a taste of some of what we don’t know about the fascinating phenomenon of marine bioluminescence.
Born or Made?

Born or Made?

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck describes how we can be routinely deceived into concluding that highly accomplished people are just “naturally gifted” at what they do, ignoring all the effort they put in, and challenges they...Show More
Changing Cultural Values

Changing Cultural Values

Andrew Hoffman, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, discusses how to get people to start being more environmentally sensitive.
Changing Mindsets

Changing Mindsets

Psychologist Carol Dweck (Stanford) describes two current research projects she is engaged in related to her work on mindsets: combatting school bullying and challenging preconceived stereotypes on the ground in the Middle East.
Circular Reasoning?

Circular Reasoning?

Renowned physicist Roger Penrose describes how his cosmological theory predicts circular patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) that should be observable, but that understanding how precisely to interpret the data is far from...Show More
Critical Thinking, Critically

Critical Thinking, Critically

Renowned psychologist Stephen Kosslyn describes how one can apply many of the findings of cognitive science to analyze the notion of critical thinking that can then be successfully implemented through developing what he calls “habits of mind”.
Cultural Mindsets

Cultural Mindsets

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck describes how, while she believes that her work on mindsets is universally relevant, understanding distinct values and practices is essential to getting the message across diverse cultures.
Dark Matter

Dark Matter

University of Pennsylvania physicist Justin Khoury describes how, while many are convinced of the existence of dark matter, rather than changing our understanding of the laws of gravity, we cannot yet be sure what the final outcome will be.
Discovering Wise Ten-Year-Olds

Discovering Wise Ten-Year-Olds

Psychologist Carol Dweck (Stanford) discusses her formative encounters with children who were imbued with a growth mindset.
Distracted by Language

Distracted by Language

Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, describes how we must make sure that we do not distract ourselves with the language that we use to describe the physical world, and must instead simply focus on precisely predicting what is...Show More
Doing Mathematics

Doing Mathematics

Mathematician Ian Stewart, University of Warwick, describes his unexpected trajectory from abstract mathematical calculations in the back of an Austin Mini to developing a deeper understanding of how animals move, illustrating the breadth of...Show More
Environmental Entrepreneurs

Environmental Entrepreneurs

Andrew Hoffman, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, talks about how business schools are nowadays engaged in promoting environmental awareness.
Examining Marine Bioluminescence

Examining Marine Bioluminescence

Marine biologist Edie Widder at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association describes various aspects of bioluminescent life in our oceans.
Fostering Social Change

Fostering Social Change

University of Michigan business professor Andy Hoffman relates how, in order to promote societal awareness of climate change, we need social entrepreneurs to consistently make public links to related events to disrupt people’s common beliefs.
Galileo's Gift

Galileo's Gift

Nobel Laureate David Politzer describes Galileo’s vital lesson of obtaining knowledge by working with related similar but knowingly inappropriate models that can point towards a deeper understanding.
Harnessing the Media

Harnessing the Media

Philip Zimbardo, University of Stanford, highlights the critical role the media plays in communicating research insights to the general public and muses on how psychologists can best take advantage of the power of the media to inform the public...Show More
High School Lessons

High School Lessons

Five diverse experts in history (Jennifer Michael Hecht), psychology (Carol Dweck and Philip Zimbardo, both at Stanford University), marine biology (Edie Widder, Ocean Research & Conservation Association) and Asian Studies (Michael Berry, UCLA)...Show More
History and Language

History and Language

Five leading historians provide their unique perspective on how studying language - its place in society, the way it is used and has developed over time - can improve our understanding of different historical periods. Featured are: David Armitage...Show More
History and Morality

History and Morality

Martin Jay describes how a study of history can sharpen our moral understanding, showing that, rather than adhering to inflexible rules of behaviour, each situation presents a unique set of “competing moral commands” that we need to regularly...Show More
History and Politics

History and Politics

Five eminent experts explain how a deep grasp of history can inform and improve our understanding of politics, both past and present. Featured are: David Armitage (Harvard), Richard Janko (University of Michigan), Martin Jay (UC Berkeley), Josiah...Show More