A Quote by Martin Gardner on biography, history, men, politics, schools, and scientists

Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals -- the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned, if at all.

Martin Gardner

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill, 1992.

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