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Alec Wilkinson on his Quest to Learn Calculus At the Edge of Old Age

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By his own account, journalist and author Alec Wilkinson was a terrible math student — and passed his high school math classes only by cheating. But at age 65, he decided he’d try again to learn the subject that had left him feeling abused and aggrieved. His joyful and humbling quest is the subject of his new memoir “A Divine Language.” We’ll talk to him about what he learned and we’ll hear from you: have you tried to master a subject later in life?


Alec Wilkinson, author, "A Divine Language: Learning Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus at the Edge of Old Age" - He's also a contributing writer for the New Yorker; his previous books include "The Ice Balloon," "The Protest Singer" and "The Happiest Man in the World."


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