Milton Friedman: Think independently

July 9, 2010

Until his death in 2006, economist Milton Friedman kept up with opposing points of view, a practice being lost today as people find it increasingly easier to retreat into communities of interest reflecting only their own entrenched opinions. By contrast, Friedman read a range of material from conservative to liberal. “It seems to me more important to read stuff you disagree with than to read stuff you agree with,” he said.

Stephen Hawking: ahead of his time

July 9, 2010

Having written best-sellers about the origin of the universe and the meaning of time, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the world’s most famous scientists. Yet, he’s never won a Nobel Prize. Why?