Just recently I’ve been feeling quite good. Wading through a book on Sir Christopher Wren I discovered that he’d only taken charge of the project to rebuild St. Paul’s at the age of 37. I’ve got a (very little) bit to go, so I’d been thinking there was still hope. Even then, it took him 35 years to complete the work.
Now, I come across a book by James Gleick on Isaac Newton’s story and I discover that he made most of his largest discoveries in his 20s (and Newton was around pretty much the same time as Wren, so think Great Fire of London, Bubonic Plague and all that, as if life wasn’t hard enough at the time).
So maybe I should stay away from theory and speculation and stick to all matters practical. Where did I put that hod?