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Eugenia Cheng on Thinking

Some further observations by mathematician, writer, and musician Eugenia Cheng, from the "Greater than Code" series, interview #38:

... math doesn't explain how everything about the world works. What it does is illuminate certain aspects of it. Anything that makes a connection between something and something else is a potential place where math can help because it's really about looking at two different situations and saying what these two situations have in common ...

and

... it's about understanding how to use your brain really well, rather than how to use the theory to solve this particular problem ...

and

... I'm not interested in winning. I'm much more interested in learning and understanding and building things together. Not only I am not that interested in sports, I'm kind of put off by it because the whole idea of beating somebody else is something that I find really distasteful. I would much rather we all built something wonderful together. ...

and

... I say to my students, there are two types of question. There's the type where it trying to show how clever you are and there's a type where you're trying to understand something, and I will not accept the first type and I will accept all of the second type so it doesn't matter. You don't need to think the question is stupid. If you're trying to understand something, it's valid and if you're trying to show how clever you are, it's not valid and I won't have that kind of question. ...

(cf. Cakes, Custard, and Category Theory (2016-02-14), Ingressive vs Congressive (2017-07-08), ...) - 2017-12-30