Walter Isaacson, on Albert Einstein, from his new book, Einstein: His Life and Universe: "His slow development was combined with a cheeky rebelliousness toward authority, which led one schoolmaster to send him packing and another to declare that he would never amount to much."
Three loud cheers to "cheeky rebelliousness"—a trait shared by approximately 99.99% of those who make it into the history books.
(Alas, many of those who might, these days, make it into the history books have been dosed early and often with Ritalin.)
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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