Member for 1 year
Last seen this week
Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows?
Stuff I am excited about:
Projective Geometry Illuminated (supposedly to be released in SIGRAPH 2023)
One of the characteristics of successful scientists is having courage. Once you get your courage up and believe that you can do important problems, then you can. If you think you can't, almost surely you are not going to.
Courage is one of the things that Shannon had supremely. You have only to think of his major theorem. He wants to create a method of coding, but he doesn’t know what to do so he makes a random code. Then he is stuck. And then he asks the impossible question, “What would the average random code do?” He then proves that the average code is arbitrarily good, and that therefore there must be at least one good code. Who but a man of infinite courage could have dared to think those thoughts?
That is the characteristic of great scientists; they have courage. They will go forward under incredible circumstances; they think and continue to think
There’s another trait on the side which I want to talk about; that trait is ambiguity. It took me a while to discover its importance. Most people like to believe something is or is not true. Great scientists tolerate ambiguity very well. They believe the theory enough to go ahead; they doubt it enough to notice the errors and faults so they can step forward and create the new replacement theory. If you believe too much you’ll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won’t get started. It requires a lovely balance.
Big brother is watching you
We need a sociology stackexchange.
I'm also on mathstodon publicly: @firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal details: 20M (?), IQ ~95 (probably (??) ) , Lower caste descent , sort of well off (????), South Indian , മലയാളി
Music recommendations: Empathy test, Klangkuenstler, Chicane, Trevor Something