If I don't understand something properly, every single component, it really bugs me.
I have been lucky to find very good collaborators who have taught me a lot, have introduced me to several new fields of mathematics, or have shown me new insights.
Mathematicians are fairly cheap.
When you're concentrating hard, hours can fly by, and it's just you and a math problem.
I remember having this vague idea that what mathematicians did was that some authority, someone, gave them problems to solve, and they just sort of solved them.
Most students who take math classes aren't going to be mathematicians. They're going to be engineers, statisticians - in many ways, that's the more important mission of math education.
What interests me is the connection between maths and the real world.
The standard high school curriculum traditionally has been focused towards physics and engineering. So calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra have always been the most emphasized, and for good reason - these are very important.
I enjoy a good meal, a good vacation, or a good movie, much as anyone else would.
Talent is important, but how one develops and nurtures it is even more so.
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