"During the three years which I spent at Cambridge my time was wasted, as far as the academical studies were concerned, as completely as at Edinburgh and at school. I attempted mathematics, and even went during the summer of 1828 with a private tutor (a very dull man) to Barmouth, but I got on very slowly. The work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps in algebra. This impatience was very foolish, and in after years I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense..."
Fuente: The Autobiography of Charles Darwin... Me enteré del origen de esta cita a través de un artículo reciente de D. H. Bailey y J. M. Borwein en la sección de ciencia de The Huffington Post (Why E. O. Wilson is wrong... [Fecha de publicación: 04/17/2013, 4:34 P.M.]). Al momento que escribo esto, lo único que encuentro con respecto a esta cita en la entrada en inglés de Wikiquote sobre Charles Darwin es lo siguiente:
Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.
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