Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties

This is the reason we need to invest more in learning as we get older. This graph shows the results of a study from NBER, An Age Distribution for Scientific Genius.  It certainly makes more sense that inventors and nobel prize winners would be even older, as they gain more and more experience.  The reason for the trickle after age 50 seems to be lack of relevancy, because of lack of recent education, but as we have access to more information and dynamic ways to learn, I wonder how this graph will change in the decades ahead?  “So why the late 30s? The most obvious factor is education: Scientists spend ages 5 through 18 in school, and then ages 18 through 30ish getting their academic degrees. Then a few years of learning on the job, and presto! You dig up an uncertainty principle. Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs tend to be less common in old age because we invest less in learning as we get older, and our skills gradually become less relevant.”

via Why major creative breakthroughs happen in your late thirties – Quartz.