Charles Peeto Posted over 1 year ago Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami The talk was great, the work groundbreaking. Congratulations. The trouble was TED. It is an absurd concept that great ideas can be reduced to a few minutes of presentation. Everyone watching the talk wanted you to go on for a whole hour, describing the history, production and issues, giving demonstrations, showing fieldwork and all that. Of course many people are going to read your papers, but we also need something like TED to convert technical jargon about "multi-modality lens-array microscopes" into language that ordinary people understand. The trouble is that TED is not hitting the spot. It is not taking scientists or its audience seriously. Educated people can handle - and want - more information than TED is supplying, but without some of the technical details about "nOAR, RES, and MAG" that technical papers require.