Nathan Myhrvold is a polymath who was the CTO of Microsoft in the 1990s after the company bought his startup. He also studied astrophysics under Stephen Hawking in Cambridge and is a World Barbecue Champion (yes, there is such a thing).
And he’s highly controversial in tech circles as the founder of Intellectual Ventures, which buys up portfolios of patents and which many people believe is a patent troll that only wants to shake down huge, unjustified licensing fees from big tech companies.
But that’s not why he was on Colbert. He was on Colbert to promote a new cookbook he’s written on molecular cuisine, which involves using chemistry and physics to do new things with food. In some cases, cooking them for a very long time.
And the suave polymath was flummoxed at one point when Colbert asked him: “Really, does everything take so long with you? Are you working on an orgasm that’s not going to happen until 2013?”
The whole interview is funny and interesting.
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