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This article gives the following quote some context:

"Mathematics requires a small dose, not of genius, but of an imaginative freedom which, in a larger dose, would be insanity. And if mathematicians tend to burn out early in their careers, it is probably because life has forced them to acquire too much common sense, thereby rendering them too sane to work. But by then they are sane enough to teach, so a use can still be found for them."

--Angus K. Rodgers

(The word genius seems to be rather ill-defined, as evidenced by Rodger's reluctance to use it in a context that seems identical to that of the article.)




I also like the following quotation of N. Bohr, appearing in an Amazon book review[1] of Dr. Simonton's[2] "Creativity in Science: Chance, Logic, Genius, and Zeitgeist":

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."

[1] http://www.amazon.com/review/RV4Y43WKRK6LO

[2] Dr. Simonton is the UC Davis professor who authored the article.




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