February 18, 2009

The Theory Of Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Watching Philip Glass On Sesame Street

Some day you'll say "Sure, three. Protons, neutrons, and electrons, why?" and your kid will look at you and laugh right in your old-timey, went to school in the 20th century face.

Because she'll be all, "But dad, Garrett Lisi's Theory of Everything that maps all 243 subatomic particles onto the exceptional Lie group E8 was announced in like 2007--it was even at TED. How could you not know that?"

And your only hope for redeeming yourself with your 21st century child is to reply, "You can have your Garrett Lisi. I'll go straight to the source: Philip Glass and Sesame Street."

Surfing the Universe | An academic dropout and the search for a Theory of Everything [newyorker.com via kottke]
Garrett Lisi: A beautiful new theory of everything - TED Talks [youtube]
Originals: Lisi's animation via New Scientist and "Geometry of Circles" by Philip Glass [youtube]

3 Comments

Video no longer available. :(

what do you mean? It's right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVGl6yQ67Dg

now if someone could tell me why it uploaded in tiny format... i'm guessing I output it wrong from Final Cut...

Sorry maybe it was my computer which was being a weirdo yesterday. Thanks for posting.

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