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I attempted mathematics but I got on very slowly. The work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps in algebra. This impatience was very foolish, and in after years I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics; for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense!

Charles Darwin
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin