The Amazing Nathan Myhrvold

by Lee Gesmer on May 8, 2008

Caption: “The history of science is full of ideas that several people had at the same time.”

Link to the full article in The New Yorker, May 12, 2008 here.

Teaser:

Myhrvold started Microsoft’s research division, leaving, in 1999, with hundreds of millions. He is obsessed with aperiodic tile patterns. (Imagine a floor tiled in a pattern that never repeats.) When Myhrvold built his own house, on the shores of Lake Washington, outside Seattle-a vast, silvery hypermodernist structure described by his wife as the place in the sci-fi movie where the aliens live-he embedded some sixty aperiodic patterns in the walls, floors, and ceilings. His front garden is planted entirely with vegetation from the Mesozoic era. (“If the

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