Instead of trying to educate more scientists or engineers to drive innovation, we should focus on turning out agile thinkers, says Michael Brooks
The ability to process, synthesise and communicate information efficiently is the premium skill of the future. We shouldn't be surprised: it was the premium skill of the past too. John Maynard Keynes once stated that what made Isaac Newton great was his ability to focus on a problem until he had thought his way through it. "I fancy his pre-eminence is due to his muscles of intuition being the strongest and most enduring with which a man has ever been gifted," he said.