Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities and Corporations: Are They Sustainable?
Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Distinguished Professor and former President, Santa Fe Institute. Senior
Fellow, former leader of high energy physics, Los Alamos National
Laboratory. BA, Cambridge University (1961); PhD (physics,1966), faculty
(1970), Stanford University.
Theoretical physicist with primary
interests in fundamental problems: elementary particles, cosmological
implications, origins of universal scaling laws, unifying quantitative
framework of biology, including metabolic rate, growth, aging, death,
sleep, cancer, and ecosystems.
Presently developing unified theory of
cities, companies and sustainability, including growth, innovation and
the accelerating pace of life. Many awards including Harvard Business
Review breakthrough idea (2007) and Time magazine's "100 Most Influential
People in the World" (2006).
New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Fe differ historically, geographically, and culturally, but are there qualities that are universal to cities across the globe? Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West displays some statistics that may surprise you.