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  • 1:15:40 Newton on the Beach: Principia Mathematica

    Newton on the Beach: Principia Mathematica

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    Historian Simon Schaffer, the 2008 Harry Camp Memorial Lecturer, spoke on Newton's fascination with discoveries about ancient Indian philosophy and discussed the global network of information on which Newton relied for his Principia Mathematica. Schaffer

  • 1:24:26 The Road Back: From Economic Meltdown to Renewal

    The Road Back: From Economic Meltdown to Renewal

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    (October 24, 2009) Panelists discuss the impacts of the US economic crisis on local and global economies and several areas of focus for fiscal recovery. Panelists debate the use of federal funds to stimulate growth and the possible effect of myriad policy

  • 25:44 Al Roth: 2012 Nobel Laureate in Economic Science Press Conference

    Al Roth: 2012 Nobel Laureate in Economic Science Press Conference

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    October 15, 2012 - Economist Al Roth has been awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work on market design. He shares the prize with Lloyd Shapley, professor emeritus at UCLA. Roth, a visiting professor

  • 26:24 Brian K. Kobilka: 2012 Nobel Prize Recipient in Chemistry Press Conference

    Brian K. Kobilka: 2012 Nobel Prize Recipient in Chemistry Press Conference

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    Brian Kobilka, MD, professor and chair of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has received the 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He shares the prize with Robert Lefkowitz, MD, professor of biochemistry and of med

  • 58:17 4. Paying Attention to Details: It's All in the Details

    4. Paying Attention to Details: It's All in the Details

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    Gilman Louie, a partner at Alsop Louie Partners, discusses decision making, which details matter when starting and growing a business, and venture capital conventional wisdom. With over a century and a half of venture capital experience and many more year

  • 1:02:49 Collecting Folklore, Teaching Skills

    Collecting Folklore, Teaching Skills

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    (May 19, 2011) Gabriella Safran recounts her recent experience teaching a WRITE-2 class on folklore and literature. Safran discusses how the broad folklore material offers opportunities to engage a variety of students' writing abilities.The Center for Tea

  • 57:50 Jump In, the Water is Lovely!

    Jump In, the Water is Lovely!

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    (January 26, 2012) Professor Margot Gerritsen shares her experience being a math instructor, swim coach, and cheerleader simultaneously. She shares her thoughts on how to help new graduate students overcome common anxieties and thrive.The Center for Teach

  • 1:02:06 Teaching for Learning

    Teaching for Learning

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    (February 2, 2012) Professor Jennifer Summit discusses recent research on undergraduate literacy and intellectual development. She explores how it can transform university teaching, learning, and disciplinary knowledge.The Center for Teaching and Learning

  • 1:20:16 New Thoughts on a Hot, Flat and Crowded World

    New Thoughts on a Hot, Flat and Crowded World

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    September 29, 2010 - As part of the Global Climate and Energy Project's 6th Annual Research Symposium at Stanford University, The New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman discusses the concepts advanced in his book "Hot,

  • 1:29:32 Popular Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society

    Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society

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    October 14, 2010 - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speaks on the centrality of compassion in Maples Pavilion at Stanford University. He shares his thoughts on the necessity of friendship, altruism, family, selflessness, and religion, from the perspective

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  • 47:11 A Conversation on "Waiting for Superman"

    A Conversation on "Waiting for Superman"

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    October 4, 2010 - KQED's Michael Krasny moderates a discussion of educational experts regarding the controversial film Waiting for Superman and the complex education issue of teacher quality. The panelists discuss the problem and all its intricacies as we

  • 48:19 Why the West Rules -- For Now

    Why the West Rules -- For Now

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    October 21, 2010 - Ian Morris discusses why the western world dominates the planet today and how it came to gain control. He suggests that looking at long-term history can tell us why this happened -- and what might happen next.This talk was presented as

  • 47:10 How Gender Stereotypes Influence Emerging Career Aspirations

    How Gender Stereotypes Influence Emerging Career Aspirations

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    October 21, 2010 - Shelley Correll presents to the audience stereotypes that exist in today's workplace and career field and why men are dominant in the areas of math and science. She gives reasons for why stereotypes cause certain results and shows many

  • 54:53 Iraq Then and Now: Lessons from Empires Past

    Iraq Then and Now: Lessons from Empires Past

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    October 21, 2010 - Priya Satia explores parallels between the British occupation of Iraq after World War I and the current American occupation. She focuses on the use of airpower as a technology policing and subduing that part of the world, in particular

  • 1:45:57 The Changing Communications Landscape

    The Changing Communications Landscape

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    October 22, 2010 - President John Hennessy welcomes alumni to Reunion Homecoming 2010. He shares recent developments at Stanford and what might be happening in the near future. After President Hennessy, a panel consisting of Stanford faculty members discu

  • 36:26 Disaster and Democracy in Southeast Asia

    Disaster and Democracy in Southeast Asia

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    October 23, 2010 - Stanford professor Don Emmerson discusses the concept of democracy and how it has fared in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. The transition from dictatorship to democracy in these countries has taken very differe

  • 40:04 Computing with Randomness: Probability Theory and the Internet

    Computing with Randomness: Probability Theory and the Internet

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    October 21, 2010 - In recent years, probability theory has come to play an increasingly important role in computing. Professor Sahami gives examples of how probability underlies a variety of applications on the Internet including web search and email spam

  • 54:44 From the Population Bomb to the Dominant Animal

    From the Population Bomb to the Dominant Animal

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    October 10, 2008 lecture by Paul Ehrlich during the 2008 Reunion Homecoming Classes Without Quizzes program. Professor Ehrlich discusses the changes in the environmental situation forty years ago and today, telling how humanity took over the planet, and h

  • 59:36 Journey From the Psychology of Evil to the Psychology of Heroism

    Journey From the Psychology of Evil to the Psychology of Heroism

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    WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENTOctober 9, 2008 lecture by Philip Zimbardo during the 2008 Reunion Homecoming Classes Without Quizzes program. Why do good people turn evil? In what sense are evil and heroism comparable? How could the little old Stanford

  • 1:05:40 Remembering and the Brain: Can Brain Scans Detect Memories?

    Remembering and the Brain: Can Brain Scans Detect Memories?

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    (October 23, 2009) Stanford Professor of psychology and neuroscience, Anthony Wagner PhD, discusses how the brain supports memory for everyday events, and will evaluate whether "mind reading" with brain imaging can detect when a person remembers the past

  • 56:18 Where is the Health Care System Headed?

    Where is the Health Care System Headed?

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    (October 24, 2009) Laurence Baker, Chief of Health Services Research at Stanford University, discusses the ways capacity and structure of the health care system influence health outcomes and spending, and the resulting implications for policy and politics

  • 58:37 Is Racial Integration in Schools a Dead Issue?

    Is Racial Integration in Schools a Dead Issue?

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    (October 22, 2009) Professor Carter compares and contrasts approaches to racial integration in two democratic societies, the United States and South Africa, and she discusses the political and legal contexts of school desegregation begging the question of

  • 40:31 Tragic Passions from Shakespeare to Verdi

    Tragic Passions from Shakespeare to Verdi

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    (October 24, 2009) Stanford Associate Professor of English, Blair Hoxby discusses how dramatists and composers write tragedies, they depict strong passions like fear, rage, and pity and elusive moods like melancholy. But how they have understood the physi

  • 1:29:48 Life-Changing Technologies

    Life-Changing Technologies

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    (October 23, 2009) Stanford University President John L. Hennessy kicks off reunion weekend with a "state of the university" address as he welcomes alumni and guests. Following his remarks, top faculty share insight into life-changing technologies being d

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