Nov 7 • 11M

How Ideas Happen: Randall Munroe

The bestselling author of What If? and creator of xkcd explains his research techniques for answering seemingly unanswerable questions.

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Steven Johnson interviews some of the world's leading thinkers and creators about their workflow: how they have their best ideas and the tools they use to the develop them. Produced in partnership with the TED Audio Collective.
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