Monday, December 8, 2008

The price of genius

[Beethoven's] father had pulled him out of school after a few years so he could concentrate on music. (Beethoven learned to add and subtract but never learned to multiply. If he had to multiply 65 by 59, he wrote 65 in a column 59 times and added it up.)
--Jan Swafford, Slate, on making do with what you have

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