The Mozart paradox

...Mozart's early abilities were not the product of some innate spiritual gift. His early compositions were nothing special. ... What Mozart had, we now believe, was the same thing Tiger Woods had — the ability to focus for long periods of time and a father intent on improving his skills. Mozart ... Continue reading

Fingerprints in the heavens

At a recent concert, the rap star Eminem shocked even his most jaded fans when he selected a beautiful young woman from the audience and presented her with a $450,000 necklace. The stunned and giddy recipient was said to be delighted. The suspicion did cross my mind, ever so briefly, that Mr. ... Continue reading