|Jan14-13, 06:50 PM||#18|
Is math's study only for the gifted?
I believe mathwonk reduced the study of math to mostly hard work, determination, interest, and then finally intelligence.
|Jan14-13, 07:27 PM||#19|
One possible caveat about asking mathematicians about how hard it is to do math is that, although, they themselves probably struggle with whatever level of math they are trying to do, even if they are von Neumann, they also find a lot of stuff to be trivial that might be quite a challenge to most people. So, it seems to us, sometimes that we aren't doing anything special, that anyone could do what we are doing.
For that reason, even though it seems like I am not doing anything special, I prefer to remain skeptical either way about anyone's ability to do this or that. I don't believe they can't do it, until it is demonstrated, and likewise, I don't believe they can do it until it is demonstrated. Of course, this is the proper scientific attitude to take towards anything.
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