Are You a Polymath?
On Thursday, I’ll be discussing The Value of the Polymath Communicator at the Technical Communication UK conference. As part of my research for this talk, I’ve found a variety of interesting resources to share with you. These range from TED talks to journal articles and books that you might also find interesting.
First, I’d start with this great talk by Liz Coleman. She discusses the state of modern education, the drawbacks to becoming a specialist, and learning more and more about less and less. If you only click through to one of the resources on this page, this is the one.
If you’re a podcast person, I highly recommend the TED Radio Hour, particularly the August 2018 episode entitled The Spirit of Inquiry, which also features an interview with Coleman.
Articles, Books, and Websites
Some of the polymath-themed texts that I refer to in my talk include:
- In Defense of Polymaths, via Harvard Business Review
- Precepts and counsels on scientific investigation: Stimulants of the spirit, by Nobel prizewinner Santiago Ramón y Cajal
- Creative Thinking and Creative Performance in Adolescents as Predictors of Creative Attainments in Adults: A Follow-Up Study after 18 Years, by Roberta M. Milgram and Eunsook Hong
- Multiple Giftedness in Adults: The Case of Polymaths, by Robert Root-Bernstein
- The Art of Innovation: Polymaths and the Universality of the Creative Process, by Robert Root-Bernstein
- Knowledge Value Chain, by Ching Chyi Lee
- Embodied interdisciplinarity: what is the role of polymaths in environmental research?, by Juliette C. Young and Mariella Marzano
- Does the world need polymaths? via BBC News
- The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
- How Renaissance People Think via Psychology Today
- The Courage to Venture Beyond: Of Polymaths and Multidisciplinarians, by Jalees Rehman
- People With ‘Too Many Interests’ More Likely to be Successful, According to Research, via Observer.com
- Information about polymaths from Assessment Psychology Online