Amidst a lot of noise, the 2012 Annual Edge Question, "WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DEEP, ELEGANT, OR BEAUTIFUL EXPLANATION?" has drawn some real gems. I read all 192 answers to save you the effort of finding them:

Peter Woit: The Mysterious Coherence Between Physics and Mathematics

Seth Lloyd: The True Rotational Symmetry of Space

Eric Weinstein: Einstein's Revenge: The New Geometric Quantum

David Dalrymple: The Principle of Least Action

Stuart Kauffman: Demonstration That Cell Types Are Dynamical Attractors

Samuel Arbesman: How the Leopard Got His Spots

Armand Marie Leroi: The Parts and the Whole
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