“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali
You might not think that boxing, the sweet science, and physics, the most fundamental of all the sciences, have much in common on the surface. But look a little deeper and you’ll find parallels between developing a unique skill set, solving problems, dissecting opponents and drawing the greatness out of the most difficult problems you can to increase your own glory.
Many great scientists and boxers over the years have come and gone: Kepler, Sugar Ray Robinson, Faraday, Marciano, Schrödinger, Mike Tyson. All achieved greatness, but none achieved the same heights as Ali did in his sport. Even the greatest physicists of all, Maxwell, Newton and Einstein, were defeated in the end by contemporary problems (and, perhaps, arrogance) in ways that Ali never was.