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The simple math Elon Musk used to come up with Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company — Quartz

His solution? “I do my favorite thing which is apply physics first principles,” he said. “It’s like the best tool possible.” This time the factory was reduced to a different equation: output = volume x density x velocity. Need to bring down the cost of batteries? Fill as much of the factory’s volume possible with… Continue reading The simple math Elon Musk used to come up with Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company — Quartz

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Asking questions in the right key

Krista Tippett, one of the great question-expanders of our time, captures this beautifully: “Answers mirror the questions they rise, or fall, to meet.” No one has addressed this osmotic relationship between question and answer more incisively than Susanne Langer (December 20, 1895–July 17, 1985) — one of modernity’s first women philosophers, whose work in philosophy… Continue reading Asking questions in the right key