Adam Savage, the host of "MythBusters" on the Discovery Channel, is a longtime special-effects artist and a minor obsessive.

Why you should listen

As his official MythBusters bio puts it, "Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real." He worked as a special-effects artist, fabricator, modelmaker and general dreamer-upper for a decade and a half, working on films such as Galaxy Quest and the Matrix sequels, as well as Episodes I and II of the Star Wars series.

In 2002, he and his fellow movie-industry veteran Jamie Hyneman became the hosts of MythBusters, a Discovery Channel show that puts urban myths and rules of thumb to test in visceral, often hilarious ways. Behind the sheer awesomeness of their rocket cars and flaming projectiles, the MythBusters are a force for science education.

Adam Savage on the TED Blog

Education

The 10 most popular TED-Ed lessons so far

March 14, 2013

The TED-Ed team is excited to have just passed our one-year mark — we launched our YouTube Channel on March 12, 2012. And what a year it has been! In 365 days, we have published more than 100 TED-Ed Originals plus nearly 100 TED Talks, totaling more than 16 million views. And we have almost 100 additional […]

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My quest for the dodo bird, and other obsessions: Adam Savage on TED.com

March 18, 2009

At EG’08, Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It’s an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive. (Recorded at EG’08, December 2008, in Monterey, California. Duration: 15:39.) Watch Adam Savage’s talk from EG’08 on TED.com, where you […]

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