Anyone interested in the source of creativity will want to check out my brother Joshua Wolf Shenk's new series on creative pairs in Slate. He brilliantly and boldly takes on the overpowering myth of solo accomplishment that so much of our culture is built upon.
For hundreds of years, science and culture have focused on the self. We talk of self-expression, self-realization. Popular culture celebrates the hero. Schools test intelligence and learning through solo exams. Biographies shape our view of history.
Collaboration yields so much of what is novel, useful, and beautiful.
Read the full story at Slate.