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The world’s top 50 thinkers 2020: the winner

The votes have been counted and the results are in. Our top 10 is full of practical-minded thinkers for the Covid-19 age—and the victor is the most practical of them all

By Prospect Team   October 2020

It’s a disease of the body, but it has redefined the requirements for a great mind. In the last issue, we renewed a Prospect tradition and identified 50 top world thinkers. It was an all-new list for the Covid-19 age, since the mood called for thinking of a different sort—less chin-stroking, more hands on. Then 20,000-odd votes were cast and counted in a public ballot. The results are in, and represent a landslide win for the practical minds party.

The top spot was overwhelmingly secured by a figure who—on…

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