From the double-helix to the expansion of the universe, great scientific discoveries reshape our understanding of who we are and how things work. But great discoveries require more than just a great mind. We tour brainy breakthroughs from Archimedes to Darwin, and find out what made their revolutionary insights possible.
Also, why you need more than a stratospheric I.Q. to be a super-achiever. And how the invention of reading re-directed the course of civilization and re-wired our brains in the process.
Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Alan Hirshfeld on Archimedes.
Part 2: Angela Duckworth on true grit.
Part 3: Richard Holmes on the Romantic Generation.
Part 4: Stanislas DeHaene on the invention of reading.