Are you a polymath?
Posted 26 September 2013 - 07:32 PM
I suspect most of us in this hobby are similar, but I am curious about how widely we tend to range in the sciences. What are your interests, if interest is to be defined as the collection of knowledge and/or books about a field beyond the cursory level of the layman?
By the way, I am also a devotee of history, politics and literature, but I am confining the question to the hard sciences. Are most of us polymaths, or are many of us more narrowly focused on astronomy?
Posted 26 September 2013 - 08:08 PM
Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:23 AM
It does slow down my mapping.
Now, literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, architecture, etc... Add those in and you've got something going!
But as Hank said, it takes more than interest to qualify -- you have to be really skilled in all those fields as well. I can claim broad interests, but that makes me more of a dilettante than a polymath.
Posted 27 September 2013 - 11:19 AM
"polymath": recognized as an expert in 3 or more technical disciplines.
"natural scientist": has made original contributions in several disparate sciences.
"renaissance man": has many skills, including sports and the arts.
I don't know of a good term for one who has wide-ranging interests beyond her/his profession.
Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:58 AM
I should know that!!
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