“Genius hesitates”
Clive Thompson

I wonder if these bygone geniuses “hesitated” because they were pursuing ideas and theories that were well ahead of the current mental paradigms of the day…? In the absence of a strong sounding board of colleagues to help you refine and forge your ideas, moving slowly and carefully makes sense. It would be interesting to see if the geniuses of today engage uncharted territoy with a similar level of respect for the unknown they are attempting to make known.