“Taking mathematics from the beginning of the world to the time of Newton, what he has done is much the better half.”
– Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, co-discoverer of calculus
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
— Isaac Newton, the other discoverer of calculus
“If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.”
— Hal Abelson, MIT Professor
Many years ago I was advised by school career advisors that my mind was more set towards Science and Mathematics than towards Writing and Literature. So I gave up studying literature, took up reading Science Fiction and enrolled for several semesters of Calculus.
I can only say, The Calculus is evil, it is not of God. It is evil. And I washed out.
Perhaps that is what led me into a
delightfully carefree wasted life of debauchery and sin and pizzas.
So, from an old man,
with a much regretted youth, a little of the advice for which old men are notorious for giving to young men.
Remind you all not to drink alcohol while doing calculus.
Do not do as I did.
One should not drink and derive.