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# Malcolm Gladwell on the importance of stubbornness

A very interesting speech of Malcolm Gladwell on stubbornness in below YouTube video. Dead link.

Video is here: Conference: Genius in 2012

He makes references to

- Linear B, i.e., historic greek symbols
- Michael Ventris, deciphering Linear B
- Andrew Wiles and his proof for Fermat's Last Theorem, no integer solutions $a,b,c$ for $a^n+b^n=c^n$, $n>2$
- Gerhard Frey, linking Taniyama–Shimura conjecture and Fermat's Last Theorem
- the mismatch problem, i.e., finding the right personnel for a task given only information on some predictors, e.g., IQ-tests, height, grades, etc.
- the capitalization problem, i.e., making full use of the potential of personnel, and not squandering talent

Also see Malcolm Gladwell's article on the Flynn effect: What I.Q. doesn’t tell you about race.