Oscar Levant, pianist, composer, actor and native Pittsburgher, once quipped: “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Entrepreneurs can be detrimental to their own health
Science and technology march along, year after year, making gradual progress in transforming our lives. Every now and again, however, a public event is staged — the moon landing, a computer playing a chess champion, decoding the human genome — that gives the public the appearance of a breakthrough.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading As the co-​founders of Google and Apple Computer looked on, Carnegie Mellon University robotic vehicles made their mark in a driver-​less race across the Nevada desert
Twenty years ago I visited China for the first time, and my view of the world changed forever. This took me by surprise. I had studied China at the University of Virginia as part of a lifelong fascination with the country and its people, and I mistakenly thought I “understood” China.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading On why many cities in China today ‘closely resemble those old photos of Pittsburgh 50 to 80 years ago.‘
Seemingly overnight, China has become the destination of choice for American companies looking to expand their operations overseas. In 2004, China surpassed the United States for the first time as the top worldwide destination for foreign direct investment.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Sizing up the big picture in diverse China can be the difference between reaping rewards and losing a bundle for American companies
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