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
http://edge.org/response-detail/10048

Seth Lloyd: The True Rotational Symmetry of Space
http://edge.org/response-detail/11025

Eric Weinstein: Einstein's Revenge: The New Geometric Quantum
http://edge.org/response-detail/11441

David Dalrymple: The Principle of Least Action
http://edge.org/response-detail/11722

Stuart Kauffman: Demonstration That Cell Types Are Dynamical Attractors
http://edge.org/response-detail/11351

Samuel Arbesman: How the Leopard Got His Spots
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/10267

Armand Marie Leroi: The Parts and the Whole
http://edge.org/response-detail/10190
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