Re: the pons asi[movi]norum of calculus

From: John Clark (
Date: Fri Jul 07 2000 - 09:31:37 MDT

Damien Broderick <> Wrote:

> I was relieved and amazed once to read in one of his essays that Isaac
> Asimov--who'd naturally floated like a butterfly through high
> school--suddenly ground to a halt when faced with calculus. His superb mind
> just didn't *do it*.

Fortunately this inability didn't harm Asimov's self esteem much. In his autobiography
he said that in his entire life he'd only met two people who were smarter than him,
one was Marvin Minsky and the other was Carl Sagan.

                   John K Clark

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