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Things That Make You Go Hhhhhmmmmm

From Hartnett, K. (2017, July 3). A Math Genius Blooms Late and Conquers His Field. Retrieved July 4, 2017, from https://www.wired.com/story/a-math-genius-blooms-late-and-conquers-his-field/

"When I asked him why, he replied, 'When you teach, you do something useful. When you do research, most days you don’t.'"

"Even more remarkable than the proof itself is the manner in which Huh and his collaborators achieved it—by finding a way to reinterpret ideas from one area of mathematics in another where they didn’t seem to belong."

"Yet it would be a mistake to see Huh’s breakthroughs as having come in spite of his unorthodox beginning. In many ways they’re a product of his unique history—a direct result of his chance encounter, in his last year of college, with a legendary mathematician who somehow recognized a gift in Huh that Huh had never perceived himself."

"Huh’s inadvertent proof of Read’s conjecture, and the way he combined singularity theory with graphs, could be seen as a product of his naïve approach to mathematics. He learned the subject mainly on his own and through informal study with Hironaka. People who have observed his rise over the last few years imagine that this experience left him less beholden to conventional wisdom about what kinds of mathematical approaches are worth trying."

"Whenever you observe a pattern with no obvious cause, it’s natural to start digging below the surface—to look for the roots that explain the tree."

"Some of the biggest leaps in understanding occur when someone extends a well-established theory in one area to seemingly unrelated phenomena in another."

"In fact, it’s a bit like searching for extraterrestrial life—you might have ideas about signature characteristics of life, hints you might use to guide your hunt, but it’s still hard to anticipate what a new life-form might look like."

"'Karim has these amazing ideas that come out of nowhere, and June sort of has this beautiful vision of how math should go,' Katz said. 'It’s often hard to incorporate Karim’s ideas into June’s vision, and maybe some of what I do is talk to Karim and translate his ideas into something closer to math.'"

Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 07:20AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Leaders and Followers

"Levingston’s frame does not fit, but he is too good a writer to get in the way of his history for long. 'Kennedy and King' will most likely leave readers thinking that what is needed today is not more leaders, a few men and women shaping our destiny, but more followers. What is needed are ordinary people: alert, informed, engaged, mobilized, idealistic but not naïve, critical but not hopeless, confident about who they are and what they want but able and inclined to work with all sorts of others, exercising rights won at enormous cost, starting with the right to vote. What is needed, in short, are more citizens, prepared to lead our leaders toward a more promising land."

Goodman, J. (2017, July 2). Profiles in Caution. New York Times Book Review, p. 9.
Posted on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 06:32AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

There is a difference between...

...thinking and advocacy.

Posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 09:32AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Had a Good Think Lately?

Here's an interesting piece courtesy of Aeon.

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 08:09AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Things That Make You Go Hhhhhmmmmm

From John Mauldin's Thoughts from the Frontline of June 11, 2017.

This gives me pause this morning.

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 07:10AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

If you care about being thought credible...

...and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.

p 64 of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Khaneman

 

Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 06:57AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Things That Make You Go Hhhhhmmmmm

"'There’s always symmetry underlying various systems,'Adams said."

Roeder, O. (2017, June 6). Math Has No God Particle. Retrieved June 7, 2017, from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/math-has-no-god-particle/

Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 07:28AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

The most important truth about hard work, and also reading, that you can find

An excerpt from Marginal Revolution:

“You would be surprised Hamming, how much you would know if you worked as hard as he did that many years.”

Be sure to read the comments at the bottom.

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 06:46AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

On Being Smart

"What is the crucial quality important for succeeding in graduate school? I will provide a few examples that suggest that: i) The answer is not intelligence – a minimum of intelligence, such as what everyone reading this article has, is sufficient for succeeding in any graduate school, ii) it is ... hard work. I apologize for the disappointment."

Read the entire, short paper at http://kam.mff.cuni.cz/~matousek/mustafa-onbeingsmart.pdf.

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:13AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Three Main Takeaways from the SIC 2017

  1. Economic Power Shifts from West to East: India and China’s share of world GDP has increased six-fold since 1970. Meanwhile, the G7 nations share of global trade has declined from 50% to 30%. This shift in economic power presents one of the greatest investment opportunities in history… and also carries many risks.
  2. Demographics Are Destiny: Populations in the West are aging rapidly. In the US alone, 10,000 people turn 65 every day… and will do so for the next dozen years. An aging population means less economic activity, which has profound implications for your portfolio.
  3. The Coming Technological Revolution Will Change the World: Over one-third of US jobs are expected to be automated over the next decade. But automation and advances in technology aren’t just affecting manufacturing workers—they will impact your future investment success.

Source: Mauldin Economics

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 08:00AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment