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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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6.CHALLENGE AUTHORITY AND EXPERTISE

“Our freedom to doubt was born of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle.”

Physicist Richard Feynman

We began the first chapter in this book with the story of Vesalius (see page 34), to whom we now return. The year 1537 was one of rich learnings for Vesalius, who fast-tracked his studies and completed his medical degree in less than 12 months. Shortly after his graduation he was appointed professor of surgery and anatomy at only 23 years of age. In this new role Vesalius was able to spend most of his time focusing on what he loved most – dissecting and exploring in great detail all parts of the human body. Records of notes he made of his first public ...

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