When underdogs break the rules.
When Vivek Ranadivé decided to coach his daughter Anjali's basketball team, he settled on two principles. The first was that Read more [...]
How do we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job?
On the day of the big football game between the University of Missouri Tigers and the Cowboys of Oklahoma Read more [...]
Can underprivileged outsiders have an advantage?
Sidney Weinberg was born in 1891, one of eleven children of Pincus Weinberg, a struggling Polish-born liquor Read more [...]
Why do we equate genius with precocity?
Ben Fountain was an associate in the real-estate practice at the Dallas offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, Read more [...]
Who says big ideas are rare?
Nathan Myhrvold met Jack Horner on the set of the "Jurassic Park" sequel in 1996. Horner is an eminent paleontologist, and was a Read more [...]
What I.Q. doesn't tell you about race.
If what I.Q. tests measure is immutable and innate, what explains the Flynn effect—the steady rise in scores across generations?
One Read more [...]
Criminal profiling made easy.
On November 16, 1940, workers at the Consolidated Edison building on West Sixty-fourth Street in Manhattan found a homemade pipe Read more [...]
Enron, intelligence, and the perils of too much information.
On the afternoon of October 23, 2006, Jeffrey Skilling sat at a table at the front of a federal Read more [...]
What if you built a machine to predict hit movies?
One sunny afternoon not long ago, Dick Copaken sat in a booth at Daniel, one of those hushed, exclusive restaurants Read more [...]
In 1925, a young American physicist was doing graduate work at Cambridge University, in England. He was depressed. He was fighting with his mother and had Read more [...]