When Radio Golf opened this year at the Yale Repertory Theater, we knew it was the right moment to invite August Wilson to TED. Who better to talk about creating the future than the charismatic Wilson, who set out in 1985 to write a series of ground-breaking plays, chronicling the lives of African Americans in each decade of the 20th century? What better moment than after the final installation of his monumentally ambitious 10-play cycle? Sadly, a TED appearance was not to be. Wilson was diagnosed with incurable liver cancer before our invitation went out; he died last week, at the age of 60. Though we won’t have the great joy of bringing him to the TED stage, we humbly honor him here. His Tony (for Fences) and two Pulitzers (Fences, The Piano Lesson) didn’t begin to reward him for the extraordinary contribution he made to American theater and history, alike.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica may have ceased printing earlier this year, ending a 244-year run. But the Encyclopedia of Life is just getting started. An ambitious initiative to catalogue all the known species on planet Earth, the Encyclopedia of Life was inaugurated by famed biologist E.O. Wilson when he won the TED Prize in 2007 and […]
Taylor Wilson graduated from high school in May. And Popular Science has already dubbed him “The Boy who Played with Fusion” and Forbes has suggested that he may just be “The Bill Gates of Energy.” Wilson first received attention at the age of 14, after building a nuclear fusion reactor he’d dreamed up in his parents’ garage. He spoke at TED2012 […]