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The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

Scott Barry Kaufman


What are the origins of greatness? Few other questions have caused such intense debate, controversy, and diversity of opinions. In recent years, a large body of research has accumulated that suggests that the origins of greatness are extraordinarily complex. Instead of talent or practice, it’s talent and practice. Instead of nature or nature, it’s nature via nurture. Instead of practice, it’s deliberate practice. Instead of the causes of greatness in general, it’s the determinants of greatness specific to a field. This book brings together a variety of perspectives and the most cutting-edge re ... More

Keywords: greatness, talent, practice, nature, nurture

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Barry Kaufman, editor
New York University

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Part One Perspectives

3 Where does Greatness come from?: A Treasure Hunt without a map

Samuel D. Mandelman, and Elena L. Grigorenko

Part Two Debate

Part Three Domains

15 Practice and Talent in Acting

Tony Noice, and Helga Noice

17 Music in our Lives

Jane Davidson, and Robert Faulkner

18 Creating Champions: The Development of Expertise in Sport

Paul R. Ford, Nicola J. Hodges, and A. Mark Williams

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