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

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