Ever since the creation of TED talks, hundreds of great lectures have been delivered all around the world by leading speakers. A lot of these talks can be found on our list of physics TED talks. So I thought it would be a good idea to gather 10 most viewed TED talks on the topics in science and education. This includes talks with most views and highest ratings in various areas of science, technology, innovation and education. For the top 20 most-watched TED talks check out this playlist.
10. Why Are We Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?
In this talk Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. According to Gilbert, there are many surprising ways to reach happiness, even if everything doesn’t go as expected. So what is the secret of happiness? Dan Gilbert might have an answer.
9. Unveiling Game-Changing Wearable Tech
In this talk Pattie Maes presents some breakthrough wearable inventions that have the potential to change the world. This includes a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment and other cool demos. For more info visit this link.
8. How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries
Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed — Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light in 1849.
7. Conception to Birth
Alexander Tsiaras is an image-maker and in this fascinating TED talk he will share a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. Breath-taking images combined with some amazing music tells the story of the beginning of a human being.
6. The Paradox of Choice
In one of the most popular TED talks Barry Schwartz presents his ideas on the central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. This paradox of choice, according to Barry Schwarz, can be seen in economics, psychology, healthcare and the lifestyle of Americans. What is this paradox of choice? Find out in this great TED talk.
5. Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology
This popular talk from TEDIndia introduces the amazing SixthSense devices, which connect the world of data with the physical world. The demonstration also includes the paradigm-shifting paper laptop & other innovative inventions that have the potential to change the world.
4 . The Astounding Athletic Power of Quadcopters
What’s a quadcopter? Well, it’s an agile flying robot that can solve physical problems by using special algorithms that allow them to learn. In this demonstration Raffaello D’Andrea demonstrates how quads work and why they are amazing.
3. The Puzzle of Motivation
What is the answer to the puzzle of motivation? Dan Pink thinks he knows the answer. And that surprising answer comes from the social scientists rather than managers. Traditional rewards, as Pink explains, aren’t always as effective as we think. That leads to the answer of what is the best way to motivate people, which is discussed in this talk.
2. Stephen Hawking: Questioning the Universe
In this popular TED talk Stephen Hawking himself delivers a presentation to the TED audience. This talk is all about questions. Questions that are as big as the universe. How did the universe begin? How did life begin? What will be the fate of the universe? These and other great questions are pondered by the great scientist.
1. Do Schools Kill Creativity?
In this talk, which is currently the most watched TED talk in the given category, Sir Ken Robinson, an author, speaker and an educationalist, presents his ideas on how to bring the system of education to the 21st century. The key of successful education system, according to Robinson, is the nurturing of creativity — the pillar of all great inventions.