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Old 05-05-2011, 02:35 AM
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Default Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

So, for a bit of light reading, I'd highly recommend this book. I actually wasn't sure whether to post it here or on the General boards because it's just so awesome

The book looks at what makes people successful, is it their work ethic, their IQ, parents or upbringing? There are a few bits where I wish the author had done a bit mroe digging but overall it's a very amusing read.

Particularly the part about geniuses. Did you know that Chris Langan lived most of his early life in Bozeman, Montana? Did you know that when he was a grad student, Robert Oppenheimer tried to poison his mentor and "after prolonged negotiations it was agreed that Robert would be put on probation"?
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