Bliven, Bruce
May 1953
New Republic;5/11/53, Vol. 128 Issue 19, p21
The article evaluates the book "Ex-Prodigy, My Childhood and Youth," by Norbert Wiener. Norbert Wiener, a professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology was an infant prodigy. After short duration formal education, he became a Doctor of Philosophy at nineteen. He was hounded into rapid assimilation of a lot of facts by a singularly overbearing and uncomprehending father, whose bullying tactics were excessive. When he got out into the world and had to earn his own living, he was painfully lacking in social poise and tact. His book deals with only the first thirty years of his life and seems a gloomy affair.


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