By looking at the portraits of prominent mathematicians and scientists of the previous centuries it seems like they have a higher incidence of strabismus than the general population of today. Are there any papers on the rate of strabismus among (prominent) scientists that compare it to that of rest of the population.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you provide some numbers here, like what portion of portraits had strabismus; was it higher among portraits of scientists than all portraits and if so, by how much? How many portraits did you examine? $\endgroup$ – Moishe Kohan Apr 19 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ @MoisheKohan Maybe 9 out of 35 scientists on the portraits seem to suffer from strabismus including Johann Bernoulli and Newton(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Bernoulli#/media/… artsandculture.google.com/asset/…) $\endgroup$ – GEP Apr 19 at 20:45
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    $\begingroup$ My suggestion is to make a similar analysis of portraits of bishops (another group whose occupation also required quite a bit of reading). One possible conjecture is that what you observed is more related to vision problems due to excessive reading in suboptimal conditions. BTW, I do not think causes of strabismus are well-understood. $\endgroup$ – Moishe Kohan Apr 19 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ @MoisheKohan From the few that I have seen I doubt it that they have such high incidence of strabismus(it may also be the case that the painter doesn't draw their strabismus). Perhaps a better way to see if there is any relation between mathematical/scientific ability and strabismus is to make a statistical analysis of modern mathematicians and scientists and their incidence of strabismus. $\endgroup$ – GEP Apr 20 at 8:06
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    $\begingroup$ @GEP I appreciate your "better way to see".... $\endgroup$ – Jean Marie Becker Apr 20 at 14:42

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