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    Has David Birnbaum solved the mystery of existence?

  • Snowdrops in Spring

    Whitepage: Yes, you can choose to learn in a graduate school the vulgar trade of selling shiny toys to stupid rich and famous and to become rich yourself in the process. But if you do it, you will never become Einstein, and when you wake up, you will find out, it is too late, your potential talent or maybe even potential genius is wasted in exchange of a good income.

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