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Talks that inspired TED Books

Have you ever finished watching a talk and been eager to learn more? Long enough to explore a powerful idea but short enough to read in a single sitting, TED Books pick up where TED Talks leave off.

  1. 9:10
    Zak Ebrahim I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.

    If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful, and ultimately, inspiring.

  2. 17:02
    Hannah Fry The mathematics of love

    Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.

  3. 15:37
    Pico Iyer The art of stillness

    The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

  4. 18:05
    Marc Kushner Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you

    "Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.

  5. 8:02
    Barry Schwartz The way we think about work is broken

    What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.

  6. 15:49
    Andrés Ruzo The boiling river of the Amazon

    When Andrés Ruzo was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, after training as a geoscientist, Ruzo set out on a journey deep into the jungle of South America in search of this boiling river. At a time when everything seems mapped, measured and understood, join Ruzo as he explores a river that forces us to question the line between known and unknown ... and reminds us that there are great wonders yet to be discovered.