Anyone who expects to create, be it as scientist or artist, scholar or writer, needs self-confidence, even bravado. How else can one dare to imagine understanding what no one else has understood, discovering what no one else has discovered? Where does this confidence come from? Fortunately, every young person is blessed with some of it. It is part of human character. What of the girl or boy who reads about Newton and Maxwell and Bohr and Einstein and says, “I want to build on what they have built; I want to add to the sum of knowledge about the most basic laws of nature”?
– Geons, Black Holes & Quantum Foam, p. 84
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