'An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.'
~ 'Archy and Mehitabel' by Don Marquis 1927
Curiosity, the desire for knowledge and insight, is a basic human desire. From our hominin ancestors creating fire on the African savannah, to Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, human desire to know our world has resulted in the creation of some of the most beautiful, insightful objects and buildings of the pre-modern world. This lecture is illustrated by stories including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the alchemy of John Dee and Isaac Newton, the glorious Mosque of Lotfallah, and haunting, 12-thousand-year-old Göbekli Tepe.