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The Stroke of Genius Strikes in Modern Life

Young might have once nearly all of the significant breakthroughs in but nowadays that’s doesn’t to be the case, suggests a new study.

once said, “A person who has not his great contribution to science the age of 30 will never do so.” The himself discovered that was transmutable to energy with his equation E = mc2 and helped lay the foundations of theory by that age as evidence for his

That peak age has shifted the researchers found, with 48 prime time for physicists.


To investigate this further, researchers analyzed 525 Prizes given in physics, and medicine from 1901 to They compared how the age of peak measured by the average age at which laureates did their prize-winning varied between fields and over time within

“There is a lot of interest in transformative which breaks through ways of thinking, but we really do not how important or common it is,” researcher Bruce Weinberg, a economist at Ohio State

“Businesses, universities and research all must make bets on to hire and support in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs — knowing creativity peaks, and how this to the type of research and the state of in a given field, can provide tools in placing these researcher Benjamin Jones, an at Northwestern University, told

The investigators found that scientific achievement before age 30 was common in all disciplines before About two-thirds of winners in fields did their prize-winning before age 40, and about 20 percent did it 30.

However, contrary to what once said, this has become increasingly rare. [Is the Last Genius?]

“The age at which scientists important contributions is getting over time,” Weinberg LiveScience.

By 2000, great before age 30 almost never in any of the three fields. In physics, achievements by age 40 occurred in only 19 of cases by the year 2000, and in it almost never occurred.

image of the brilliant young who makes critical breakthroughs in is increasingly outdated, at least in three disciplines,” Weinberg “Today, the average age at which do their Nobel Prize-winning is 48. Very little breakthrough is done by physicists under

Why older geniuses?

The reasons for age shift might have to do in with how long it now takes to learn all they need to to make these breakthroughs. the majority of Nobel laureates their doctoral degrees by age 25 in the 20th century, all three showed substantial declines in tendency over time, almost no physics or chemistry receiving their degrees early in life by the end of the 20th

The age shift might also to do with the nature of the breakthroughs researchers added.

For instance, in in the early 20th century, a in young scientists generating work coincided with the of quantum mechanics. In fact, in the proportion of physicists who did their work by age 30 peaked at 31 percent. who did their best work by age 40 in 1934 at 78 percent. The proportion of laureates producing Nobel work under age 30 or 40 then throughout the rest of the century. Physics: 7 Mind-Blowing Findings]

physicists at the time were of a revolution in theoretical knowledge. The of quantum mechanics meant older theories and knowledge less relevant to what were doing,” Weinberg “It may be that young scientists did in part, because they learned the older ways of and could think in new ways.”

This move away old ways of thinking in the early century can be seen in a strong found in physics of that era to mostly recent work in papers.

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“The fact physicists in the early 20th were citing mostly work suggests that scientists didn’t have any — their more complete of older work wasn’t to make important contributions to the Weinberg said. “That be one reason why younger scientists such a mark.”

Now, physicists are more likely to older studies in their Weinberg noted. That older scientists might from their greater of knowledge.

“People like Einstein and Dirac (who predicted the of antimatter) thought that really belonged to young and that turns out to be fairly for their time, but today the physicist does his Nobel work at age 48,” Weinberg

The fact that scientific are apparently no longer dominated by the might have a silver Weinberg said, because the work force is aging

“If you take the view that is a young person’s game, this aging trend is but if scientists can be productive as they get as this study suggests, may be less of a problem,” Weinberg “There is also a lot of interest in about how to target support for — should most support go to workers, or should we gear to the young?”

Weinberg and Jones detailed findings online today 7) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

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