William Valentine

Business Development Engineer, B/E Aerospace
Commack, NY, United States

About William


Live now. Work hard. Play hard. Find intimacy and hold on to it. No fear. No fate. No luck. Admire the majesty of nature. Explore. Strive. Obsess. Nurture and give. Forebear and empathize. Self inventory often and honestly. These are the principles I live by. A work in progress.

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2011, TEDActive 2010

Areas of Expertise

Lighting Design, Music, Physics

An idea worth spreading

Everyone should do their best to understand the world around them, inside them, and far away from themselves in order to better appreciate their own existence. The deeper the understanding one has, the more they can respect the systems, and objects that help define who/what they are.

I'm passionate about

Life, love, science, music, the mind, the body, the world, opportunity, personal responsibility, fun, progress, learning, my family, my friends, growth, and having an impact.


NYIT Ellis College

Talk to me about

Let's talk about music. Music that helps spawn creativity and shed the confines of everyday life. Let's discuss how we can shed fear and live!

People don't know I'm good at

Managing people. Most people that know me think I am only interested in science, music or parenting. They don't realize that I am good at cultural issues and helping people reach their goals.

My TED story

2010 was my first TED. I attended TEDActive in Palm Springs, and got the full on TED experience. Simply put, I went nuts. I tried to absorb every single detail of the event. I wanted to spend time with every person, and be a part of every conversation. I wanted to watch every talk, and participate in every activity. I failed at that, but I'll tell you about the parts I did get to see.

Between meeting many new GOOD friends, having my mind blown by the talks, eating good food, having amazing conversations, and being a part of a life changing event, I can say for sure that TED is an idea worth spreading.

Comments & conversations

William Valentine
Posted about 3 years ago
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
I think this talk just clarified what happens to me when I listen to music and play guitar. It hit me when she said that the boundaries of her person mesh with that of the environment. The permanent present experience, and the existence as energy with no past or future. It has always been nearly impossible for me to explain, but I think she does it perfectly. Deeply profound.
William Valentine
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you think about the teaching of maths at different levels of education? How do you think it could be improved not to be so feared?
Hi Jone, I have started a concept called the Dope Science Movement. It is geared toward increasing mathematics and science proficiency via music. Since people seem to respond to music very strongly, and several entities and organizations have successfully used song to increase concept retention, I wanted to try to use music as an avenue for creative expression of academic subject matter as well as igniting passion for the subjects themselves. I would love to talk more about how we could possibly work together to develop a pedagogy around this concept, or introduce this concept in to a particular teaching style.
William Valentine
Posted over 3 years ago
Is infiltrating hip hop culture with rap/music about science/mathematics a good way to motivate minorities/women to achieve in those areas?
The food movement is perfect! I think that is the way to address these complex and daunting issues. Hit it hard from within, and let the communities reinvent themselves by rebelling against the things that hold them down. I agree with you on the long term aspect of the Dope Science movement. I do believe, however that I can spark some short term passion with the following idea. After speaking at a local inner city school, hold a rap competition where participants must rap about a science or mathematics concept. After one month come back and hold a similar competition or concert where the students can rap about the subject matter that they have learned in the mean time. The goal being that they will rap about what they know at the time, and then spend a month refining their knowledge in that area and rapping about the new insight.
William Valentine
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you think mathematics are related to music?
This is a beautiful comment on a great question. When I play music I often see scenes of warped space-time in which distance and velocity cannot be judged by conventional means. I ride on what I call giant ribbons of light who bank with texture changes, pitch with note changes, and change velocity with rhythm changes. There are many other objects that are in the space, but I move without boundary or guidance as I can leap from one ribbon to another at will. Objects are made of an incredible variety of shapes and sizes. Their movements are difficult for me to describe, but it is what I would think of as the early universe with great density and energy. It is a consistent experience that varies in intensity depending on properties of the song. It is most profound when I am playing the music myself, but also happens while only listening. Other than the mathematical modeling of sound, there is also math represented in the symmetry of music.