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There's a touch of the priesthood in the academic world, a sense that a scholar should not be distracted by the mundane tasks of day-to-day living. I used to have great stretches of time to work. Now I have research thoughts while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Sure it's impossible to write down ideas while reading "Curious George" to a two-year-old. On the other hand, as my husband was leaving graduate school for his first job, his thesis advisor told him, "You may wonder how a professor gets any research done when one has to teach, advise students, serve on committees, referee papers, write letters of recommendation, interview prospective faculty. Well, I take long showers."
In Her Own Words: Six Mathematicians Comment on Their Lives and Careers. Notices of the AMS, v. 38, no. 7 (September 1991), p. 704.
The Great Calculation According to the Indians, of Maximus Planudes
Maximus Planudes was born around 1255 in Nicomedia and died at Constantinople around 1305. He took the name Maximus, replacing his baptismal name of Manuel, when he became a monk, shortly before 1280. Apart from translating theological and classical works from Latin into Greek - a good knowledge of Latin seems to have been a rarity among the Byzantines - he is best known for his editions and commentaries on Greek poetry and drama, as well as for his training of upcoming scholars, such as Manuel Moschopoulos, who continued the important work of preserving, and ensuring the survival of, a number of important Greek works.
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