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Beyond the
Lone Genius

with Joe Hanson

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If we want to grow and develop the next generation of world-changing scientific minds, we’ve got to teach people how science really happens. Time and time again, when we dig deeper into history’s tales of discovery, innovation, and invention, we find that they happened quite differently than we’ve been taught. Rare are the lone geniuses, great men, and “Eureka” moments. What we do find are curious people, with strange and unexpected influences, who share few surprising and fascinating character traits. These are a few of their stories.


Joe Hanson Creator and Host | Be Smart

Joe Hanson, Ph.D., is a science writer, biologist, educator, and YouTube creator. He is the creator and host of Be Smart, an award-winning science education show from PBS that celebrates curiosity and the pleasure of finding things out. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his science writing has been published by WIRED, Nautilus, Scientific American and Texas Monthly. He lives in Austin, TX.

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