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Old 10-08-2013, 04:40 AM
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Isaac Newton, when he was a professor, often used to lecture to an empty room. It was part of his job description that he had to give regular (I think weekly) mathematics lectures, but his material was so advanced, that few if any of the students could understand it, and, as most of them were studying to become clergy or lawyers, they did not really need higher math anyway, so very few of them ever attended his lectures. His lab assistant, Humphrey Newton (no relation) reported that "Ofttimes he did lecture to ye walls."

On the other hand, when he was an MP, later in life, the one time he spoke in Parliament was to ask that the window be closed, because there was a draft.