Schrödinger on Knowledge

We have inherited from our forefathers the keen longing for unified, all embracing knowledge… But the spread, both in width and depth, of the multifarious branches of knowledge during the last hundred odd years has confronted us with a queer dilemma. We feel clearly that we are only now beginning to acquire reliable material for welding together the sum total of all that is know into a whole: but, on the other hand, it has become next to impossible for a single mind fully to command more than a small specialized portion of it.

I see no other escape from this dilemma (lest our true aim be lost forever) than that some of us should venture to embark on a synthesis of facts and theories, albeit with second hand and incomplete knowledge of some of them - and at the risk of making fools of ourselves. So much for my apology.

Erwin Schrödinger, physicist and father of quantum mechanics

The modern world emphasizes and rewards narrow specialization.

Specialization is for insects. How much energy are you investing in understanding the bigger picture?


Like this? Subscribe to Josh Kaufman's email newsletter. You'll receive updates on Josh's latest research and thinking, book excerpts, and free resources that will help you make more money, get more done, and have more fun. Sign up now!

I'll never spam you. Feel free to unsubscribe at any time.

Did you know both of my books are available as audiobooks? Think of them as very inexpensive course versions of the book. They're perennial bestsellers on Audible.com, and The Personal MBA was recently honored at the Audie Awards, the "Grammys" of the audiobook industry.

Even better: you can get one of my audiobooks for free if you don't yet subscribe to Audible. Click here for details.


Personal MBA book

THE PERSONAL MBA
Master the Art of Business

The #1 International Bestseller, Revised & Expanded. A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then go out into the world and make your own. More →



First 20 Hours book

THE FIRST 20 HOURS
How to Learn Anything... Fast!

A practitioner's guide to rapid skill acquisition. Accelerate your learning by deconstructing complex skills, practicing the most important elements first, and removing barriers to deliberate practice. What do you want to learn? More →