Specialists killed the Polymath Star

This somewhat depressing article details how the number of polymaths, people who are active experts and doers in multiple disciplines, is waning and that present day polymaths just aren’t doing as well as in the days of old.

Mostly, this seems to be because of field specialization and the general depth of knowledge that exists, especially in scientific fields. You can dabble, but its simply too time consuming to become an expert in lots of different things. In addition, the specialists insists on “jargonizing” their fields, perhaps specifically to prevent polymaths outshining their own work.

My question is whether the internet is helping or hindering the goals of polymaths?

How does one become a polymath without condemning themselves to poverty?

HT2 Tyler Cowen

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