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Also, they were terrifyingly smart.

Netwon would have been a pig to persuade, but I doubt he would have had problems with the theory. Every year hundreds of ordinarily talented undergrads work their way through the basics without falling off anything tall and hurting themselves, so a genius really wouldn't find it difficult.

Ed Witten of string theory fame apparently worked through an entire three year undergrad physics curriculum over a summer holiday - competently enough to enrol as an applied maths postgrad, even though his original major was history, and he was planning to be a political journalist.

He may have had help from his father, who was another theorist. But even so.

He also lasted one term as an economics wannabe, which may or may not say something relevant and interesting about economics.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 02:53:52 PM EST
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