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When genius fails us

23 Oct 2014, 00:17 UTC
When genius fails us
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Of all the articles I’ve written over the last four years, none elicited stronger responses than “The Problem of Richard Feynman”. While many people responded positively, I was also lambasted by a conservative blogger, accused of trying to boost sales of my nonexistent book or otherwise make money on an unpaid blog, and generally told […]

Noted alchemist and religious historian Isaac Newton.
Of all the articles I’ve written over the last four years, none elicited stronger responses than “The Problem of Richard Feynman”. While many people responded positively, I was also lambasted by a conservative blogger, accused of trying to boost sales of my nonexistent book or otherwise make money on an unpaid blog, and generally told my intellect was too inferior to dare criticize someone as great as Feynman. So, to prove that I’m a glutton for punishment, I revisited the theme in an essay for Nautilus last week.
Think, for instance, of the foundational figure in physics, Isaac Newton. His role in establishing calculus and what we call Newtonian mechanics is so important that we ignore or downplay the fact that much of his life work seems misguided and downright weird to modern eyes. Newton considered his ...

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