Exploring ideas about creativity, innovation, and science through short essays.
What is color? A wavelength or a way to express yourself on the canvas? The history of color is a long thread of science and art interweaved together in one beautiful mess. And this is what makes color so interesting. It is a complex dynamic of precise optics and spiritual art.
Using genetic toolkits and fate maps, we discover the underlying similarities between organisms. By examining nature's parts individually, we uncover simple rules that explain complex biological phenomena. There is order to the architecture of animals.
Fish cluster together into schools and bird flocks paint the most beautiful 3D structures in the sky. But how do these groups organize themselves? Who is the leader that tells everyone what to do? This is what self-organization aims to explain and what this essay introduces.
When you think you are progressing forwards, you might be moving away from the final version. That's okay. Because the whole point of being creative isn't to plan out what you want to do. It's a discovery process of finding opportunities and surprises in the unknown.
You enter the 26th best restaurant in the world. Pairings from king crab and passion fruit to dark chocolate with butternut squash come after each other. Powders, sauces, and garnishes decorate your table. But who is behind this radical culinary creativity? Meet Grant Achatz, the chef who battled oral cancer while pioneering molecular gastronomy.