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These at the top are people with a twist, a particular peculiarity of their own, that makes them stand apart in the crowd of genius. May be not at the lead, may be not on the top, but somewhere here on the side, where they seem to look at the rest of them.
Below are those that would have been among them if not for some fleetingly accidental reason that make the connection less personal. It carries on like this in various steps.
Few are scientists. Obviously there are scores of them whom I admire, including Newton and Einstein, and, of course, Feynman (I had read all of his stories before even getting to the University). The great romance of my youth was Hawking's popular writings.
The truly great scientists for me, however, are not those in the limelight, those that have been successful and became iconic of Science. My two heroes are, on the opposite, people who remained largely in the shadows of their breakthrough. Hanbury Brown and Jaynes.
This is a list of my favourite songs (more titles are to be found in my long list of favourites). They are not really supposed to be listened together. Also, without any discussion as for the choice, they might appear an odd selection, although most are widely recognized as among the finest masterpieces ever conceived by man. I kept as a rule never to repeat the author, a rule that I broke with Bach, thinly on account that his authorship of the first piece is disputed.
Here I again I make a point not to repeat the author. The list is not converged (more titles are to be found in my long list of favourites).