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Can we get some sympathy for the nerdy loners please?

20 Mar 2016, 13:54 UTC
Can we get some sympathy for the nerdy loners please?
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“Mommy?”“What is she doing?” – “She is sitting there.” – “Ye-es. But what is she do-ing?” “She isn’t doing anything. She is just. Sitting there.” “How long do we wait?” – “We wait until the clock is 29 and 10.”I’m sitting there because I have a problem. The problem isn’t that I have children – children who, despite my best efforts, still can’t read the clock. I am sitting there because I have a problem with a differential equation. Actually, several of them. You’d think two non-stop nagging kids would have cured me from getting eaten up by equations. But they’ve just made me better at zoning out. Hooked on a suitably interesting problem – it’s inevitably something-with-physics – I am basically incommunicable, sometimes for weeks at a time.Not like that’s news. 20 years ago I was your stereotypical nerd. The student in an oversized hoodie, with glasses and an always overdue haircut. No matter where I went, I dragged around a huge backpack full of books – just in case I had to look up something about that problem I was on. Nobody was surprised I ended up with a PhD in theoretical physics.I’ve since swapped the hoodies for ...

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