I read several years ago about a Noble Laureate in chemistry who was being interviewed by a reporter. He was asked what it takes to win a Noble Prize. Without hesitation, the chemist said that it took three things. First, being a genius was definitely not required. Being reasonably intelligent was perfectly fine. Second, you needed to be a hard worker. (I remember thinking at that point in reading this story that the great majority of all successful scientists that I have ever known have fulfilled these two criteria. What then was the third, and presumably deciding factor, which resulted...

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