Duke University professor Adrian Bejan escaped communist Romania in the late 1960s and traveled to the United States to attend college and find a new life. At M.I.T., he developed his passion for mechanical engineering, something that would lead him to a new view of the world and a new theory about nature. Bejan will talk with host Frank Stasio about his life, his work and who really invented the wheel.
Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a the Constructal Law accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world. Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, and Social Organization, written with J. Peder Zane, looks at how everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure and evolves in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow.
Kickstarter & A Kids’ Book About Meth — Acclaimed young-adult novelist Jacqueline Woodson tells Kurt Andersen that teens are ready to read about drug addiction. Arts funding in the age of Kickstarter: a co-founder of the online crowd-funding platform believes it will soon eclipse the NEA — we’ll weigh the pros and cons of Kickstarter compared to government funding. And a scientist’s new theory unites biology, physics, and design, explaining why everything that moves forms certain familiar patterns. It’s the constructal law, and it’ll change the way you see the world.
The past couple of weeks have seen the release of two next generation video game consoles: The PS4 and the Xbox One. I love when new consoles come out. It’s such an infrequent occurrence that every console becomes a milestone for design and technology. So I thought it would be fun to break down the game industry’s efforts, as well as try to decipher where they’re going next, with my buddy Peter Rivera-Pierola. Besides being an avid gamer and tech nerd like myself, Peter is also an industrial designer and a manager of strategic concepts at McDonald’s in Chicago.