David Foster Wallace Quotes: The Cases Of Great Mathematicians With

The Cases Of Great Mathematicians With Mental Illness Have Enormous Resonance For Modern Pop Writers And Filmmakers. This Has To Do Mostly With The Writers'/directors' Own Prejudices And Receptivities, Which In Turn Are Functions Of What You Could Call Our Era's Particular Archetypal Template. It Goes Without Saying That These Templates Change Over Time. The Mentally Ill Mathematician Seems Now In Some Ways To Be What The Knight Errant, Mortified Saint, Tortured Artist, And Mad Scientist Have Been For Other Eras: Sort Of Our Prometheus, The One Who Goes To Forbidden Places And Returns With Gifts We All Can Use But He Alone Pays For. That's Probably A Bit Overblown, At Least In Some Cases. But Cantor Fits The Template Better Than Most. And The Reason For This Are A Lot More Interesting Than Whatever His Problems And Symptoms Were.
— David Foster Wallace —

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