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15 October 2007, Monday

Posted by J. in Uncategorized.
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” When I was a undergrad, I took physics with a friend. When I took exams, I studied quite dilligently and memorized the formulae and applied them as necessary. I did relatively well. My friend, on the other hand, never studied and aced every exam. When I asked him what his secret was, he told me the following:

” ‘I look at the problem, and because I understand the nature of the universe, I merely derive the correct equation and apply it.’

” Some years later, I find out that my friend, who was David Mumford, had won the Fields.”

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