The driving force behind modern computers, Alan Turing was born a hundred years ago. He launched the digital age, founded the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence, and helped the British win WWII by cracking the Nazi "Enigma" codes. He was persecuted by British authorities for the crime of being homosexual, and committed suicide at age 41. His life ended tragically, but his brilliance lives in the computers we use every day. We celebrate the Alan Turing Year.
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One of the key developments of this new century has been the re-emergence of Germany. It had been underway ever since World War Two but just not fully comprehended. It has been evident during this European debt crisis and appears to be returning to its place as a Great Power, achieving far more peacefully than the Wehrmacht ever managed. But what’s behind Germany’s greatness?
Peter Watson, Journalist and cultural historian.
Title: The German Genius: Europe’s third renaissance, the second scientific revolution and the twentieth century
Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Malcolm Gladwell doesn’t like Gifted and Talented Education Programs. And he doesn’t believe that innate ability can fully explain superstar hockey players or billionaire software giants. In this podcast, we listen in on a conversation between Robert and Malcolm recorded at the 92nd St Y. Robert asks Malcolm if he’s a "genius denier", and Malcolm asks Robert if he’s uncomfortable with the power of love, as they duke it out over questions of luck, talent, passion, and success.
Geoff Colvin, author of the bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else, explains the surprising findings about achievement, work, and talent. Chair: Richard Cree, group editor, Director Magazine
Malcolm Gladwell asks why we equate genius with precocity. Here Gladwell talks about how artistic prodigies differ from late bloomers and the kinds of support over decades that some artists need to realize their gifts.
The full article is here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/20/081020fa_fact_gladwell