What is Liberal Learning For?

In my last post, I outlined a bit of my personal history, including my fixation on the importance of being a polymath – one who knows something¬†about everything. I argued that learning in the tradition of the Great Books – and not necessarily limited to the book collection, but more generally the entire Western intellectual … Continue reading “What is Liberal Learning For?”

An Intellectual Commitment

I’ve just finished my first semester as a graduate student in physics at Harvard, and it’s been an exhilarating 3 1/2 months since I arrived in Cambridge at the end of August. At Amherst College, I did a lot of physics and math, including doing a lot of research and spending at least a few … Continue reading “An Intellectual Commitment”