Newton-one of history’s great workaholics

We tend to love anecdotes about apples and eurekas because they make scientific genius seem more human and more random, but that other great Cambridge denizen Sir Leslie Stephen was closer to the mark when he claimed genius was “the capacity for taking trouble.” Isaac Newton was one of the great workaholics of all time, as well as one of the great insomniacs. His industry and application made Bertrand Russell look like a slacker (and, like Russell, he was morbidly afraid of fire among his papers and books—fire which did, in fact, more than once break out).

via Flaws of Gravity | vanityfair.com.

Cf links to Perfect Practice, talent vs (perfect) practice, and “10,000 hours to genius” Univ of Florida