U.S. News & World Report: Ode to Joy” is a universally recognizable – and beloved – piece of symphonic music. But you might be surprised to learn it’s based on the same simple scale you may have practiced as a child. What differentiates Beethoven’s masterpiece from your practice drill is More

The Atlantic: Like most modern “knowledge” workers, I spend my days in an open office. That means I also spend my days amid ringing phones, the inquisitive tones of co-workers conducting interviews, and—because we work in a somewhat old, infamous building—the pounding and drilling of seemingly endless renovations. Even so More

The New Yorker: Zach Hambrick has always been fascinated by exceptional performance, or what he calls “the extremes of human capabilities.” Growing up, he’d devour Guinness World Records, noting the feats it described and picturing himself proudly posing in its pages. By the time he reached college, though, he’d moved on More