Alexander Grothendieck is known to have revolutionized several areas of mathematics. His insights were very deep, original and revolutionary. Time after time he showed that he could see in ways that no one else could.
And that brings up the question. How could he do that?
Is it because some people are more intellectually gifted? I have not seen anyone producing tens of thousands pages of abstract deep mathematics in 1-2 decades. If you divide by time, it comes down to something like 5 pages of new highly abstract mathematics every day (a conference paper!).
Or is it because he took a special approach that most of us don't take?
Or was it because he had an anarchist upbringing?
I would like to better understand what makes some people great scientists. I look forward to your comments.