David Epstein

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David Epstein is the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, which has been translated in 21 languages. He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He lives in Washington, DC.

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The Sports Gene: Inside the...

4.18 avg rating — 8,896 ratings — published 2013 — 28 editions
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“Modern work demands knowledge transfer: the ability to apply knowledge to new situations and different domains. Our most fundamental thought processes have changed to accommodate increasing complexity and the need to derive new patterns rather than rely only on familiar ones. Our conceptual classification schemes provide a scaffolding for connecting knowledge, making it accessible and flexible.”
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“We learn who we are in practice, not in theory.”
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“The same medicine should not be prescribed for every athlete. For some, less training is the right medicine.”
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