In the modern era we like to think of knowledge as something indelibly fixed and permanent. We take it for granted that it will always be here, like the Great Pyramid, and are apt to overlook the bitter struggles that our ancestors may have endured to acquire such knowledge. Information has not always been as easy to obtain as it is now. As we read about the adventures of scholars of the past, we get the distinct impression that the learned men who came before us had a hardiness and tenacity that is lacking in the modern era. I will let the reader judge for himself.
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