Thursday, October 13, 2011

From an excerpt of a book about British mathematical genius Simon Phillips Norton:
In mathematics [classes], of course, Simon understood everything he was taught, and divined the rest. In Greek and Latin (as so often with mathematicians) he was a vacuum cleaner. It's the subjects that Simon couldn't do that are interesting. It barely needs saying: sport was Simon's worst subject. "During a game of cricket, he spends his time counting blades of grass or calculating angles," said one report. But in history, a subject you'd think would appeal to his excellent memory and obsession with fact-gathering and numbers, Simon was at sea. "I could never understand what history was about," says Simon. "Why were they always fighting over a field?"
(Via Newmark's Door.)