What polymaths have in common
I read The Polymath by Peter Burke to see what polymaths, fellow creatures that have mastered several disciplines, have in common. The book only spends two chapters discussing this. A short summary lies below:
- Restless curiosity: The most obvious characteristic. This might be partially genetic as it seems to be in a bird – the great tit.
- Absorbed concentration.
- A strong memory.
- Speedy learning often through speedy reading.