TEDxWallStreet 2013

Favorite Videos from TEDxWallStreet 2013

Your First Trip to Space


Your First Trip to Space. George Whitesides, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

George Whitesides is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. This includes oversight of The Spaceship Company, a joint venture with Scaled to manufacture additional vehicle sets. The company currently has deposits from over 530 individuals for its spaceflight experience.

Seeing Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge


Seeing Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge. Jason Latimer, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

Jason Latimer has spent his entire life wondering about one question, “What is possible?” In the pursuit of answering that childhood question, Latimer’s ongoing education spans multiple fields of science including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology, and economics. Jason’s research, work, and performances have ushered in entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the twenty-first century rooted in applied sciences. “…The secret to bringing impossible situations to life is wonder. …Wonder is the first step in the evolution of science, mathematics, art, medicine, and everyday life. Wonder changes the world. It makes us challenge what we know… I didn’t become a magician to trick anyone. I want to inspire wonder.” – Jason Latimer

Making Absence Visible


Making Absence Visible. Michael Arad, TEDxWallStreet, 2013.

Michael Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design as a member of the firm. In 2013 his work on the Memorial was recognized with Honor Awards from the AIA and ASLA.