Your Big Breakthrough Comes at Age 35

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Mon, Feb 17th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to a paper by NBER, researchers determined that the late 30s is the "sweet spot for strokes of genius."

So why the late 30s? The most obvious factor is education: Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! You dig up an uncertainty principle. Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs tend to be less common in old age because we invest less in learning as we get older, and our skills gradually become less relevant.

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