TED Talks: The Mathemagian WOWS and more (video)

It’s Mathemagical. Check this out and other amazing TED Talks here at

If you’re interested in the upcoming TED Talks but can’t or won’t shell out the $7,500 to attend or even the $995 to watch them at home, check this out. On Friday March 30 at 10 p.m., the Science Channel is airing a preview.

LinkTV is also airing old TED Talks on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm and 9:30 pm Pacific and 7:30pm and 12:30pm Eastern.

And in the meantime, check out here to see some of the amazing talks from previous events.
Here’s a sampling.  In this talk from a TED conference in 2005, mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin gets down and dirty with mathematical concepts in this talk, Mathemagics. It is Mathemagical, alright.

From the show notes:  In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you. Mathematician and magician Arthur Benjamin combines his two passions in “Mathemagics,” a mind-boggling presentation of lightning calculations and other feats of mathematical agility …

I also love Drew Berry’s discussion of the physical nature of DNA and the animations representing the DNA replication machines inside living things. Some of them are like tiny creatures, actually walking along strands of DNA! This is a perfect use of animation to visualize something that you couldn’t otherwise see.

This talk is from just two months ago. Berry is a biomedical animator, his bio says, “whose scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich vizualizations reveal the microscopic world inside our bodies to a wide range of audiences.” His work is in exhibits at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 2012, he received a MacArthur Fellowship Genius Award.

And this one from Tan Le, from July 2010, on a headset that reads your brainwaves!


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  • Ant Pruitt

    I haven’t even finished this vid and I’m soooooo loving this!
    As a former sports med major, i LOVE the human body. It truly is a miraculous piece of art.

    -RAP, II

  • I love the mathemagic one, at top!

  • These have to be plants. They have to be. He could not possibly memorize every danged number. Or CAN he? gs