stremler at sarx.nosc.mil
Fri Oct 15 09:51:00 PDT 1999
Robert La Quey feverishly banged on the keyboard to produce:
> I suspect I have as much respect for Knuth as any of the rest of you,
> but I fell compelled to point out that there are other constraints
> that often come into play. Many talented people do not have the
> luxury to spend 9 years on their problem.
> Knuth had not just the talent, but also the temperament, and the support
> to do this work. When we admire someone we should perhaps ask .. what
> is is that we admire?
His style. :)
> I suspect that there are at least a dozen other people on this planet
> who might well have his talent and temprament but who were not gifted
> with his situation. So while I admire Knuth, I also admire the good
> fortune he found in his environment.
His situation was due, partly, to his talent and temperment.
> There are 6 Billion people out there. Perhaps few of them have Knuth's
> talents, but still fewer have his opportunities. For every Knuth there
> are dozen wasted talents ... i.e. one in 500 Million.
Maybe. It's that temperment thing. I would think that many of those
"wasted talents" would have different priorities; it's not that they
don't have the opportunity, it's that they don't TAKE the opportunity.
They choose differently, and end up in different situations by their
own choice. . .
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