I don’t have a desk, because there’s no room in my apartment, but if I did it would probably be covered in so much crap that I wouldn’t be able to use it anyway. And it makes me feel a little better to know that Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman doesn’t have a desk either.
I wouldn’t know that, though, without the awesome Desktop Diaries series created by the team at Science Friday. They’ve been interviewing scientists about what’s on their desks for more than a year and each video is a fascinating window into how these researchers work.
It’s tough to pick a favourite when you can choose from Neil deGrasse Tyson showing off the Saturn-themed desk lamp he made in school, Michio Kaku pointing at imaginary dinosaurs in the corners of his office, Oliver Sacks playing with magnets, and Brian Greene talking about how he reformed his award-winning messiness, but Daniel Kahneman losing his Nobel Prize medal is certainly a contender for best moment. Spoiler: He eventually found it. [Science Friday]