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Expository Research Assignment: How do education, cultural heritage and location affect success?
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"What is an outlier?"

"'Outlier' is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside normal experience.

In the summer, in Paris, we expect most days to be somewhere between warm and very hot. But imagine if you had a day in the middle of August when the temperature fell below freezing. That day would be an outlier. And while we have a very good understanding of why summer days in Paris are warm or hot, we know a good deal less about why a summer day in Paris might be freezing cold.

In this book I'm interested in people who are outliers - in men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are as puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August."
from Q and A with Malcolm


Created by Patti Reher
Addison Trail High School
Addison, IL  02/04/2014
Adapted from guide created by
Michele Van Hoeck, CalMaritime Library
Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA
Permission received 02/04/2014

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm T. Gladwell is an English-Canadian journalist, bestselling author and speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. 
Gladwell's books and articles often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology.
Malcolm Gladwell was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2005.
from LitLovers 

Quotes from Outliers

For more quotes from Outliers:


The Book



Why Some People Succeed
and Some Don't

Malcolm Gladwell, 2008
Little, Brown & Company
320 pages
ISBN-13: 9780316017923



Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful.
He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. (From the publisher.)

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