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Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery

Roger Kneebone | Penguin Books Ltd | Hardback

Publication date: 27 August 2020

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What could a lacemaker have in common with vascular surgeons? A Savile Row tailor with molecular scientists? A fighter pilot with jazz musicians? At first glance, very little. But Roger Kneebone, an expert on experts, has spent his life finding unexpected connections. Kneebone maps out a path we’re all following, whether in our career or any other part of our lives. He shows how you start by ‘doing time’ as an Apprentice, copying how things are already done. Then you set out on your own as a Journeyman, developing your ‘voice’ and taking full responsibility for your work, with its successes and inevitable failures. Finally, you become a Master, passing on your knowledge and skill to future generations. Expert explains the internal processes we all have to go through as we edge forwards. In this groundbreaking book, Kneebone combines his own experiences as a doctor with insights from extraordinary people and cutting-edge research. He tells a story that resonates with us all – the story of how we can become expert. Whether you’re developing a new career, studying a language, learning a musical instrument or simply becoming the person you want to be, Expert reveals the path to mastery and shows what lies ahead. ‘Roger Kneebone is a legend’ Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters ‘The doctor stitching together medicine and art’ Guardian ‘If you want to do anything better, from surgery to embroidery, you can learn something from this book’ Christopher Peters, Imperial College London ‘Kneebone is our foremost expert on expertise. Expert is a desperately important book at a moment when we’ve begun to wonder just what we might still be good at’ Ken Arnold, Wellcome Collection ‘Superbly written, passionately argued and very necessary’ Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen ‘Whisper it quietly, but post COVID-19, there is a growing realization that experts do matter’ Susan Standring, King’s College London

ISBN: 9780241392034
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