Adults often view their lives as somehow planned beforehand. What
originally seemed to be unrelated life decisions, like pieces of a jigsaw
puzzle, all came together to form a coherent story. My life seems that
way to me now.
My first passion was the study of mathematics and physics. From the
age of 14, at every Christmas, my parents bought me advanced books on
these subjects. From these, I taught myself calculus and Einstein’s rela-
tivity theories by the age of 15. From this I learned a valuable lesson
while relatively young: I found that if I applied myself, I could master
complicated subjects on my own....