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The State of Being Stuck – Math with Bad Drawings
Then you have to stop,” Wiles said. “Let your mind relax a bit…your subconscious is making connections. And you start again— the next afternoon, the next day, the next week.” Patience, perseverance, acceptance—this is what defines a mathematician"

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I think it’s bad to have too good a memory if you want to be a mathematician,” Wiles said. “You need to forget the way you approached [the problem] the previous time.”

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“If you remember all the false, failed attempts before,” said Wiles, “you wouldn’t try. But because I have a slightly bad memory, I’ll try essentially the same thing again, and then I’ll realize I was just missing this one little thing.”
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