My person of the year: Academia || Historian Boaz Neumann says we can't learn anything from the past
He is one of Tel Aviv University's most popular professors, a fertile and innovative historian who has offered new perspectives on Nazism. But Neumann has his doubts about history as a guide for the present.
Two weeks were all Boaz Neumann needed to realize he had chosen the wrong field of study. “I remember that Thursday at the beginning of the undergraduate degree in engineering,” he recalls. “There was a logarithmic exercise, which I did not understand how to solve. I realized that I wasn’t about to lie to myself and say that I like math. I made up my mind that very moment that I was quitting. I...
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