Voltaire's Coffee: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, hosted by Dr. Michael Starbird, professor of Mathematics

Sun, September 9, 2012 | Starbird Home (7506 Valburn Drive)

7:00 PM


Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, hosted by Dr. Michael Starbird, professor of Mathematics

Sunday, 9 September at 7pm, Starbird Home (7506 Valburn Drive)

In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?  His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Michael Starbird is Professor of Mathematics and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. degree from Pomona College in 1970 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1974. That same year, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics of The University of Texas at Austin, where he has stayed except for leaves as a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego; and a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  He also teaches a Plan II mathematics course and regularly serves on the faculty panel for the Plan II Perspectives class in the Spring.  Within the Plan II community he is most beloved for his sense of humor, his colorful sweaters, and his infamous rendition of the Jabberwocky poem.

Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association (P2SA)

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