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Gell-Mann – On getting creative ideas

Murray Gell-Mann is one of the largest living legends in physics. He’s also been described as The Man With Five Brains, and it’s no puzzle why: He was admitted to Yale at 15, got his PhD from MIT at 21, and is an international advisor on the environment. He speaks 13 languages fluently (at last count), and has expertise in such far-ranging fields as natural history, historical linguistics, archaeology, bird-watching, depth psychology, and the theory of complex adaptive systems.

He also coined the term “quark,” after developing key aspects of the modern theory of quantum physics… for which he earned an unshared Nobel prize in physics in 1969. His ideas revolutionized the world’s thinking on elementary particles. In this talk, he gives his thoughts “on getting creative ideas.”

Murray Gell-Mann

Murray Gell-Mann is a Distinguished Fellow of the Santa Fe Institute, and author of the popular science book “The Quark and the Jaguar, Adventures in the Simple and the Complex.”

Besides being a Nobel laureate, Professor Gell-Mann has received the Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial Award of the Atomic Energy Commission, the Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Research Corporation Award, and the John J. Carty medal of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1988 he was listed on the United Nations Environmental Program Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement (the Global 500). He also shared the 1989 Erice “Science For Peace” Prize. In 1994 he received an honorary Doctorate of Natural Resources from the University of Florida.

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