The Geography of Genius

Dec 30, 2016

Where does genius come from? Some people say geniuses are born, or that they’re made by thousands of hours of work. But what if genius is actually grown, like a plant? Travel writer Eric Weiner has scanned the globe and come to exactly that conclusion. He says genius arises in clumps at particular places and times when certain ingredients are present. Think Ancient Greece, 14th-century Florence, or modern-day Silicon Valley. Weiner joins us to explain his theory of the geography of genius. (Rebroadcast)

Eric Weiner is a regular columnist for BBC Travel and a former foreign correspondent for NPR. He’s the author of four books, including The Geography of Bliss [Amazon|Indiebound] and, his newest, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Amazon|Indiebound].