If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
If you’re going to get anywhere in learning mathematics, you need to learn to be comfortable not understanding something… The truth is that mathematicians are chronically lost and confused. It’s our natural state of being, and I mean that in a good way.
The interesting thing is that writers and probably most artists feel the same way. Perhaps the fields of art and science are not as far away as some suggest.
Jeremy Kun on why mathematicians are, and should be, “chronically lost and confused.” Pair with the wonderful Love and Math. (via explore-blog)
When I was learning how to critique other writers’ stories, one of my biggest lessons was this: Critique the story they wrote, not the story you wish they’d written.