Why the eff didn’t you watch these TED Talks? The 2014 edition

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Eff-BlogHeaderAt the end of every December, we at the office get a little indignant that some of our favorite TED Talks from the year didn’t seem to do as well as we’d hoped. Some amazing talks, for whatever reason — whether they’re too absurd, niche or quirky, or simply were posted at a less than ideal time — don’t resonate at first blush with our audience. Below, my picks for the top 10 great talks you might have missed this year, with mild to medium spiciness.

1. A speaker drops the F bomb in one of TED’s best outfits of the year. Why the eff don’t you watch this talk? Kimberley Motley is a BAMF: A former beauty queen and the daughter of an African-American father and North Korean refugee mother, she’s Afghanistan’s first foreign litigator. For local girls like Nagma, who was sold by her father to their neighbor’s 21-year-old son at the age…

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Math 101: A reading list for lifelong learners


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Ready to level up your working knowledge of math? Here’s what to read now — and next.


Math 101, with Jennifer Ouellette

First, start with these 5 books…

Infinity's lemniscate. Infinity’s lemniscate. Photo by Transaction Fraud/Flickr.

1. Number: The Language of Science
Tobias Dantzig
Plume, 2007

“First published in 1930, this classic text traces the evolution of the concept of a number in clear, accessible prose. (None other than Albert Einstein sang its praises.) A Latvian mathematician who studied under Henri Poincare, Dantzig covers all the bases, from counting, negative numbers and fractions, to complex numbers, set theory, infinity and the link between math and time. Above all, he understood that the story of where mathematical ideas come from, how they relate to each other, and evolve over time, is key to a true appreciation of mathematics.”

2. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences
John Allen Paulos
Hill and Wang, 2001

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