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Sunday, June 05, 2005

What math has taught him

Sam Hughes is the author of the Venn Diagram cited in my previous post. I also recommend his list of “Things mathematics has taught me”:
  1. That there are such things as unanswerable questions — indeed, provably unanswerable questions
  2. That Occam’s Razor is fallible
  3. To assume nothing
  4. That the word “obvious” means “a proof springs immediately to mind”
  5. The importance of proof
  6. How to reason logically
  7. To reason logically
  8. How to recognise faulty reasoning and find counterexamples
  9. That intuition counts for zilch
  10. Point nine recurring equals one

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