Putting the lead in your pencil

Anyone who has regularly reads this blog (does anybody regularly read this blog?) will perhaps be aware of the fact that I have a soft spot for polymaths. There is an expression in German “Fachidiot”, which translates as “discipline idiot” and refers to those academics who know more than anybody ever wanted to know about their own intellectual speciality but are totally ignorant about everything else in the world, an accusation that could not be raised against today’s the day before yesterday’s1 birthday boy Conrad Gesner  (26.03.1516 – 13.12.1565).

About thonyc

Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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