How One Presenter Mesmerized His Audience, without Words

To kick off a recent episode of This American Life, Ira Glass and science writer Paul Hoffman talked about “a mathematician named Frank Nelson Cole, who demonstrated a groundbreaking idea at a conference in 1903.”

I was knocked out by this description of how he presented it—and captivated a roomful of people for a full half hour—without uttering a single word.

Clearly, Cole understood the value of demonstrating rather than discussing his point.

Hoffman and Glass know how to tell a story, too! Listen to the first 4 minutes on this player, and see if you agree: