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Werner was competitive outside the family as well

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Werner was competitive outside the family as well. He recognized his weaknesses in  the athletic arena, for example, and often trained alone to improve. Though not a  naturally talented runner, he soon became one of the top long-distance runners in the  area–all for the sake of personal challenge rather than any real desire for recognition or  victory. On the other hand, Werner also had a large capacity for holding grudges  whenever he felt himself wronged. Rather than confront the offender, he would simply  retreat into his own world and cut off all relations with that person. Once at the age of  five or six, for example, a teacher rapped him on the knuckles for some transgression of  which Werner believed himself to be innocent. For the rest of the year, he refused to 
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Unformatted text preview: cooperate in any way with the teacher who had punished him. As Werner matured, it became clear that science would be his path, though he apparently toyed with the idea of pursuing music. He often hibernated in his inner world, but this withdrawal contributed to the development not of a wild imagination, but of an abstract, logical, and mathematical mind. The reasons for this development are numerous. Werner's father's early challenges must have contributed to his precocity, while the stability and exactness of science may have appealed to his emotional sensitivity. Werner's was further disrupted in 1910, when his father received an appointment to the only professorial chair in Germany for Byzantine philology. The entire family had to relocate to Munich....
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