Both remained intellectually curious into their ninth decades, and both obviously enjoyed their exchanges. “How literate and wide-ranging the best scientists are!” Hugh exclaimed, after reading a book Perutz had sent him. “I always felt somewhat ashamed of the Arts teaching at Peterhouse: the historians are so blinkered, so monoglot, so parochial, while you and Aaron and Jacques Hayman preserve the old idea of a humanist culture. I could never persuade any of the historians to discuss any subject of general, even historical interest: indeed, they generally resented the suggestion. I sometimes think that most dons read only each other’s footnotes (to see if they are mentioned in them).”

Adam Sisman, “Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography”.

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