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Thursday, July 28, 2005

It ain't fun if it's easy

An article in UMass Boston Magazine, Volume 9 Number 1, introduces Rick Jensen, the new head of the UMass Center for Environmental Health, Science, and Technology:
Roderick (Rick) Jensen sees puzzles everwhere. When his daughter told him in second grade that she didn’t like math because it was hard, the apoplectic father recovered enough to ask her if she liked crossword puzzles and chess. Yes, she said, but wasn’t sure why. “Maybe because they’re challenging?” he suggested. She got the message that math, like all puzzles, wouldn’t be fun if it were easy; she ultimately graduated from Princeton magna cum laude in physics.

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