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    (Original post by ddhurst)
    Do you think that, in order to to revolutionise a field, one has to devote themselves *solely* to their field with essentially minimal interests outside of it?

    For example, Newton, Einstein, Dirac and Feynman (maybe less so Feynman) were pretty much all consumed by their work.

    Can you think of great minds that have existed throughout history that also had a significant other aspect to their lives?

    I mean, most of the aforementioned guys didn't even wives/family because all they were bothered about was their work.

    I'm not talking about an odd pursuit here and there, I mean something that is very time-consuming that requires dedication and a good deal of one's time devoted to it.
    The things we remember them for today aren't necessarily the things they entirely devoted their lives to.

    Newton spent a lot of effort on alchemy and occultism - trying to find hidden messages in the text of the bible which today would seem highly eccentric and a waste of time.
 
 
 
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