2012 : WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DEEP, ELEGANT, OR BEAUTIFUL EXPLANATION?

Professor, Financial Engineering, Columbia University;...
Theoretical Physicist, Stanford; Father of Eternal Chaotic...
CEO and Managing Director, Intellectual Ventures; Co-Author...
Father of Behavioral Economics; Director, Center for...
Neuroscientist; Professor & Director, Center for Brain...
Software Engineer, Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur,...
Theoretical physicist
Editor, The Feuilleton (Arts and Essays), of the German...
Senior software engineer, Twitter; Research affiliate, MIT...
Neuroscientist, Baylor College of Medicine; Author,...
Social and Cognitive Scientist; CEU Budapest and CNRS Paris...
Associate Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin;...
Professor of Theoretical Physics, Berkeley
Physicist, University of Vienna; Scientific Director,...
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience;...
Planetary Scientist; Cassini Imaging Team Leader; Director...
Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University
Cultural psychologist, writer, and consultant
Founder, The Whole Earth Catalog; Co-founder, The Well; Co-...
Co-Director of LSE's Centre for Philosophy of Natural...
Philosopher; Director, Scientific Vortex, Inc
Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford...
Psychologist; Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social...
Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Biology School, University...
Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, NASA...
Neuroscientist; Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral...
Blogging and RSS Software Pioneer; Editor, Scripting News...
Journalist: Author, A Planet of Viruses; Science Ink:...
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California
Founder and CEO of O Reilly Media, Inc.
Biologist; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota,...
Columnist, The New York Times Magazine; Editorial Director...
Founder of field of Evolutionary Psychology; Co-director,...
Professor & Director, Institute of Philosophy School of...
Managing Director, Digital Science, Macmillan Science...
Consultant, New Scientist; Founding Editor, CultureLab"
Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific...
Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of...
Writer, Artist, Designer; Author; Google Artist in Residence
President, MetaMed
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth...
Professor of Linguistics and Western Civilization, Columbia...
Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University; Author, Why...
Academic; Newspaper Columnist; Vice-President, Wolfson...
Science Writer; Founding chairman of the International...
Information Scientist and Professor of Electrical...
Independent Researcher; Author, The Princeton Field Guide...
Archaeologist, Journalist; Author, Artifacts
Physicist; Atmospheric and Oceanic Scientist, Nature...
Mathematician and Economist; Managing Director of Thiel...
Professor of Biological Sciences, Physics, Astronomy,...
Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale...
Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the...
Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Director,...
Consultant; Adaptive Optics and Adjunct Professor of...
Associate Professor of Journalism, American University;...
Artist; Composer; Recording Producer: U2, Coldplay, Talking...
Director, Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion...
Physicist, Harvard University; Author, Warped Passages;...
Neuroscientist; Chairman, Board of Directors Human Science...
Professor and Chair of Geography; Professor of Earth,...
Theoretical Physicist; Aix-Marseille University, in the...
Professor, Translational Neuroscience Division, School of...
Technology Forecaster; Consulting Associate Professor,...
Software Pioneer; Philosopher; Author, "A Realtime...
Computer Scientist, UC Berkeley, School of Information;...
Professor of Mathematical Physics, Tulane University;...
Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, Dartmouth College...
Visiting Professor, Center for Maritime System; Author, The...
Senior Astrophysicist, Observational Cosmology Laboratory,...
Associate Professor of Biology in Harvard's Department...
Systems-Level Thinker; Futurist; Applied Genomics Expert;...
Senior Scientist, MacroCognition LLC; Author, Seeing What...
Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC-Irvine;...
Founder, TED Conference; eg Conference; TEDMED Conferences...
Founding Editor, 3QuarksDaily.com
Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy; Syndicated Columnist;...
Tisch University Professor of Computer Science, Cornell...
Professor and Chairman of Computer Science, Brandeis...
Professor of Philosophy, Philosophisches Seminar, Johannes...
Professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Author,...
Psychiatrist; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry,...
Philosopher, Novelist; Author, Betraying Spinoza; 36...
Neuroscientist, Stanford University; Author, Monkeyluv
Professor of Ethology, Cambridge University; Co-author,...
Journalist; Editor, Nova 24, of Il Sole 24 Ore
Albert Einstein Professor in Science, Departments of...
Associate Professor of Marketing, Harvard Business School;...
Classical Scholar, University Professor, Georgetown...
Physicist, Director, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms;...
Social Psychologist, University of British Columbia; Co-...
Neurologist & Cognitive Neuroscientist, The New School...
Co-founder, Pixar; Digital Imagery Pioneer & Visionary
Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Translational Science...
Cognitive Scientist; Ambizione Fellow, Cognitive Science...
Curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; Editor: A Brief...
Computer Scientist, Yale University; Chief Scientist,...
English Professor, University at Albany; Author, The Spy...
Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University;...
Distinguished Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, and...
Complex Systems Scientist and Writer; Senior Scholar, Ewing...
Writer and Television Producer; Author, Remembering Our...
Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology, Duke University;...
Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, UCSF; Author,...
Independent Investigator and Theoretician; Author, The...
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford;...
Psychologist, UPenn; Director, Penn Laboratory for...
Practicing Neurologist, New York City; Playwright, Off-Off...
Social Psychologist; Hope College; Author, Psychology, 10th...
Psychologist, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University...
Roboticist; Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) ,...
Professor of Life Sciences, Director, Center for Evolution...
Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of...
Computational Neuroscientist; Francis Crick Professor, the...
Complex Network Scientist; Distinguished Professor and...
Psychologist, UC, Berkeley; Author, The Philosophical Baby
Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics;...
theoretical physicist; Professor, Department of Physics,...
Recipient, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2002;...
Artist, Literary Agent; Co-Founder, Edge.org; President,...
Professor of Journalism, New York University; former...
Neuroscientist; Collège de France, Paris; Author, The...
Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the...
Psychologist; Assistant Professor of Marketing, Stern...
Associate Professor, Cognitive Science, University of...
Professor of Medicine at UCSD
Physician and Social Scientist, Yale University; Coauthor,...
Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University...
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of...
TV documentary producer
Director, External Affairs, Science Museum Group; Coauthor...
Physicist, Perimeter Institute; Author, Time Reborn
Evolutionary Biologist; Emeritus Professor of the Public...
Senior Consultant (& former Editor-in-Chief &...
Psychologist; Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior...
Psychologist, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Author...
Chemistry Blogger, Pipeline; Medicinal Chemist, Preclinical...
Founder and CEO of Projection Point; author, Risk...
Vice President of Research & Collections, Denver Museum...
Former Banker; Author, Extreme Money; Traders Guns &...
Research Professor/Professor Emeritus, University of...
Actor, Writer, Director; Host of PBS program Brains on...
Psychologist; Author, Consciousness: An Introduction
Author, The Shallows and The Glass Cage
Director, Big History Institute and Distinguished Professor...
Professor Emeritus, Stevens Institute of Technology; Former...
Professor of Physics, Institute for Advanced Study; Author...
Psychologist; Director, Quality of Life Research Center,...
Science Historian; Author, Turing's Cathedral: The...
Editor-in-Chief, Nature
Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Imperial...
Physicist; Cosmologist, ASU; Author, A Universe from Nothing
Social & Technology Network Topology Researcher;...
Mathematician, Harvard; Co-author, The Shape of Inner Space
Founding Dean, Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate...
Artist
Science Writer; Consultant; Lecturer, Copenhagen; Author,...
Mathematician; Executive Director, H-STAR Institute,...
Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard...
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, London School of...
Media Analyst; Documentary Writer; Author, Present Shock
Psychologist; Historian of science; Publisher, Skeptic...
Professor of Geography, University of California Los...
Author, The Math Book, The Physics Book, and The Medical...
Playwright & Director; Founder, The Ontological-...
Physicist, former President, Weizmann Institute of Science...
Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of...
Clinical Psychologist; Author, What's the Matter with...
Mathematician, Computer Scientist; CyberPunk Pioneer;...
Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist, University of...
Philosopher; Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Co...
Research Associate & Lecturer, Harvard; Adjunct...
Computational Legal Scholar; Assistant Professor of...
Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology;...
Distinguished Research Fellow, English Department,...
Author, Regenesis; Professor, Harvard University; Director...
Physicist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Senior Maverick, Wired, Author, Cool Tools; What Technology...
Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics, Stanford;...
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU;...
Science writer; Author, Regenesis
Psychologist & Computer Scientist; Engines for...
Gerontologist; Chief Science Officer. SENS Foundation;...
Philosopher and Researcher, C.N.R.S. Paris; Author, Text-E...
Managing Director Excel Venture Management; Author, As the...
Anthropologist, National Center for Scientific Research,...
Mathematical Physicist, Columbia University; Author, Not...
Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; Author,...
Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of...
Theoretical Physicist, Caltech; Author, The Particle at the...
Psychologist; President, The Cooper Union for the...
Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine; Author, Visual Intelligence