In “Range”, David Epstein argues that in today’s increasingly specialized world, generalists are more likely to thrive than specialists. Drawing on cutting-edge research in genetics, neurology and psychology, Epstein shows how the ability to synthesize information is becoming increasingly important. He offers a new definition of talent, explains why it declines with age, and dispels conventional wisdom about innate genius. Range demonstrates how anyone can learn to develop their broadest possible range of talents and skills.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who wants to thrive in today’s increasingly specialized world. It offers a new definition of talent and explains why generalists are more likely to succeed than specialists.
- It debunks the myth of innate genius
- It provides evidence that synthesizing information is becoming increasingly important
- It offers a new definition of talent
- The book is a bit dense and could have been edited down
- Epstein seems to come from an extremely privileged perspective
- There are few specific takeaways or tactics that can be applied
Learn more about the author
David Epstein is a senior writer at ProPublica and the author of “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance”. He has also written for New York Times Magazine, Wired, Slate, and Huffington Post.
“Epstein makes a convincing case that becoming a skilled ‘generalist’ is essential in an age when technological change and globalization are creating ever-widening areas of expertise. Range offers fresh insights on the role of talent in contemporary society and provides compelling evidence for why honing a broad range of abilities is more important than ever.”
” Range is a compelling read. It’s well written, and Epstein backs up his assertions with research data from many different sources. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the topic of developing their talents and skills.”
“Range is a great book that will change the way you think about success and talent. In an age of specialization, Epstein makes a convincing case for the importance of being a generalist. Range is full of fascinating stories and compelling evidence that shows how breadth trumps depth.”
“This book is filled with great information and insights. Epstein has done an admirable job of taking complex research findings and weaving them into a readable, thought-provoking whole. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in gaining a competitive edge in today’s world.”