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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Leaving the Safe Familiarity of the Shore...

For Sunday reflection, excerpt from Ken Ono's (with Amir Aczel), "My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count":
"To leave the safe familiarity of the shore and sail off into unknown territory, that is what it is like to do mathematics...
"...'doing mathematics' begins with a state of mind that allows you to travel to a place deep inside the subconscious to open body, mind, and spirit to the contemplation of a mathematical idea. Doing mathematics can be a mental voyage to a place where clarity of thought and openness to insight make it possible to see the deeper beauty of a mathematical structure, to enter a world where triumph over a problem depends less on conscious effort than on confidence, creativity, determination, and intellectual rigor."

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