Careers that rely primarily on fluid intelligence tend to peak early, while those that use more crystallized intelligence peak later. For example, Dean Keith Simonton has found that poets—highly fluid in their creativity—tend to have produced half their lifetime creative output by age 40 or so. Historians—who rely on a crystallized stock of knowledge—don’t reach this milestone until about 60.
I have a small project I wrote with AWK that I want to rewrite “properly” in Scala, and I’d need to do some real parsing (not the ad-hoc parsing you always end up writing in AWK), so learning to use FastParse is worth it. Also Li is a very clear writer.
This is the second Egan book I read (after Clockwork Rocket) and I found Diaspora much better, although with a weak ending and a somewhat erratic plot. The book has some strong Star maker vibes. By the way, when adding the link above I thought the narrator for Audible was this Adam Epstein (a pretty darn good mathematician I know)
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