Ken Jennings

Braniac

Ken Jennings

Talk: Braniac

Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings visits Google's Mountain View, CA, headquarters to discuss his book "Brainiac," a guidebook through the world of competitive trivia. In conversation with Google employee and former Jeopardy! tournament of champions winner Ryan 'Fritz' Holznagel as part of Google's Authors@Google speaker series on September 20, 2006.

Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings broke game show records in 2004 with his unprecedented seventy-four game, $2.52 million victory streak on Jeopardy!. Jennings's book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a New York Times bestseller, as was his follow-up, Maphead. Jennings lives in Washington with his wife Mindy, his son Dylan and daughter Caitlin, and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo.

The Book

But above all, Brainiac is a love letter to the useless fact. Jennings also ponders questions that are a little more philosophical: What separates trivia from meaningless facts? Is being good at trivia a mark of intelligence? And is trivia just a waste of time, or does it serve some not-so-trivial purpose after all?

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