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Jason Swanson
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"All in all, chess is a game of mental and creative domination. You create a certain agenda (one that embraces the imbalances) and you do your best to force your opponent to drink your Kool-Aid (i.e., to accept your vision of what’s going on, thereby making your opponent follow your lead even though he is probably not aware of doing so).

"There WILL be many, many moments where you can cave in to your opponent’s demands or threats or his overall vision. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to kick all of that to the curb and win the battle of wills."

- Jeremy Silman

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Laurent Schwartz:

"I was always deeply uncertain about my own intellectual capacity; I thought I was unintelligent. And it is true that I was, and still am, rather slow. I need time to seize things because I always need to understand them fully. Towards the end of the eleventh grade, I secretly thought of myself as stupid. I worried about this for a long time.

"I’m still just as slow.... At the end of the eleventh grade, I took the measure of the situation, and came to the conclusion that rapidity doesn’t have a precise relation to intelligence. What is important is to deeply understand things and their relations to each other. This is where intelligence lies. The fact of being quick or slow isn't really relevant."

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The Department of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in applied probability beginning Fall 2016. See the link for details.

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