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Siraaj Khandkar
Upward, not Northward.
Upward, not Northward.
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Problems, in-general, are commonly described as missing pieces from a puzzle, but I'm starting to notice that it is rarely the best analogy. Problems, that persist, are more like an incorrectly-assembled lego structure, so the only way to fix it is to completely disassemble and reassemble in a new way, until the correct way is found. Except that all pieces are the same color and all joints a fused, so to correctly-disassemble is the most error-prone part.

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Towards the end he explains what sort of person he finds interesting to talk to, from any field:  "he did whatever he did as far as he can go... he stretched himself to the end... therefore he's up against mysteries all the way around the edge... and we can talk about mystery and awe - that's what we have in-common."

Oh, how I long to talk to such people.

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Introduces his book that argues that programming is math, after all, with a very long tradition going back to quantifying the movement of oil back in ancient Egypt.

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"It is a paradoxical truth that to teach mathematics well, one must also know how to misunderstand it..."

Polya. How to Solve It

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