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Copy of Outliers Presentation
Transcript of Copy of Outliers Presentation
By Jordan Nemery
Malcolm Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England. His mother, Joyce Gladwell, was a Jamaican Physiotherapist. His father was a British mathematics professor. Malcolm didn't have good enough grades for graduate school, and after other failed job attempts he finally started in journalism. Over the course of his journalism career he wrote four books. Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, and The Tipping Point.
Since this is a non-fiction book, there isn't really a main character, antagonist, or a protagonist. The narrator of the story is the author, Malcolm Gladwell. Some of the interviewees of Outliers include: Bill Gates, Bill Joy, Chris Langan, and numerous professors at several universities across the United States.
About The Author
Outliers is a story about success, about how certain people like Bill Gates, or Bill Joy become such successful people. Outliers shows us how small town people, who live in poverty, or close to it, can become successful people. It's proved in the book that it takes about 10,000 hours for a person to become an 'expert' or 'professional' at the task they are spending 10,000 hours doing. For example, Bill Joy, the programmer who developed the language of Java, and rewrote UNIX spent on average 12 hours on a computer everyday. After several years, that added up to 10,000 hours and he's become one of the most influential people in modern day history. Outliers also shows how it takes ~ 7 mistakes for people to make fatal error. We also learn about why IQ doesn't matter when it comes to smarts, and why Asian students are so good at math.
Themes & Symbols
The main theme in Outliers is success, and how people in the past have succeed, and how they managed to become such a success. Since Outliers is non-fiction there aren't any symbols, but there are a lot of blatant correlations that Gladwell points out, like why ethnicity can predict how well you'll do on standardized tests.
In 2008 when Outliers was written many different events surrounding the economy and the newly elected present were floating around. This could have possibly influenced the book because of the major failure in that the economy had.
Outliers was a terrific book. It showed the life stories of some of the most successful people in modern day history. It was extremely well written, and for those of you who like non-fiction science-ey type books I highly recommend Outliers, it's indefinitely one of the best books I've read this year! However, the only criticism I have for Outliers is that it has a lot of science-ey vocabulary that may be hard to understand for some readers.