- This reminds be a bit of the principle that it is often easier to solve a more general problem than the specific one.Dec 31, 2012
- +Patrick Honner During my candidacy exam, my advisor asked me a simple question that I could not answer. He then said "Let me ask you a harder question." I was still lost. Then he said "Let me ask you an even harder question." Then I got it. He made the question sufficiently abstract that I could recognize it.Dec 31, 2012
- Cf the theory of approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems - cant solve it exactly easily, but can get close easily, and for some problems it just gets harder and harder as you get closer and closerDec 31, 2012
- In David wells book on curious and interesting numbers he states that actually 51 is the first uninteresting number and thus is the most interesting number.Nov 19, 2015