How not to negotiate with believers.
When Clive Doyle was a teen-ager, in the nineteen-fifties, he and his mother met an itinerant preacher outside their church, Read more [...]
The sensation of the literary Internet last week was a long essay published on Gawker by the Web site’s features editor, Tom Scocca. It is, Scocca makes clear at the Read more [...]
Toward the end of “The Sports Gene” (Penguin/Current), David Epstein makes his way to a remote corner of Finland to visit a man named Eero Mäntyranta. Mäntyranta Read more [...]
Forty years ago, in a paper in American Scientist, Herbert Simon and William Chase drew one of the most famous conclusions in the study of expertise:
There are Read more [...]
Albert O. Hirschman and the power of failure.
In the mid-nineteenth century, work began on a crucial section of the railway line connecting Boston to the Hudson River. Read more [...]
How child molesters get away with it.
In a 2001 book, “Identifying Child Molesters,” the psychologist Carla van Dam tells the story of a young Canadian Read more [...]
The real genius of Steve Jobs.
Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Read more [...]
Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation.
In late 1979, a twenty-four-year-old entrepreneur paid a visit to a research center in Silicon Valley called Read more [...]
Sometimes beauty is just business.
Helena Rubinstein was born in 1872 in Krakow's Jewish ghetto, the eldest of eight daughters of a kerosene dealer. By her late Read more [...]
Who really rescued General Motors?
In February of 2009, Steven Rattner was selected by the Obama Administration to oversee the federal bailout of General Motors Read more [...]