"It’s a horrible irony that at the very moment the world has become more complex, we’re encouraging our young people to be highly specialized in one task."
Last night I smashed a mosquito on my leg as it was in the middle of biting me and it was an explosion of blood. It was a gruesome sight. Especially if you’re another mosquito. Because there’s no way they want to see their brethren murdered, but blood is the thing they find most delicious. It’d be like if you saw your uncle get stabbed and explode into french fries. You’d be like, “NO!!! Yes! NO!!”
"1. Take a quarterly vacation
2. Hold a “retrospective” after projects
3. Write every day
4. Create an “interesting people fund”
5. Keep “tear sheets” to get inspired
6. Nap every day
7. Envision what you will be remembered for
8. Brainstorm at the bar
9. Get out of the building
10. Engage in “morphological synthesis”"
~ 99U culls 10 creative habits you should steal from worthy models like Cheryl Strayed, James Victore, and Ze Frank – details on each at the link. (Source: explore-blog)
99U culls 10 creative habits you should steal from worthy models like Cheryl Strayed, James Victore, and Ze Frank – details on each at the link.
Since its inception in 1936, the Fields Medal has been awarded to 52 of the most exceptional mathematicians in the world under the age of 40. For the first time, that award has gone to a woman: Maryam Mirzakhani, 37, an Iranian-born mathematician who works at Stanford.
She shared the prize — the highest honor in mathematics — with Martin Hairer, 38, of the University of Warwick, England; Manjul Bhargava, 40, of Princeton; and Arthur Avila, 35, of the National Center for Scientific Research, France.
According to The New York Times, 70% of doctoral degrees in math are awarded to males, making the award to Mirzakhani especially noteworthy. In the related field of physics, only two women have ever won the Nobel Prize. Only one has won in economics.
The Fields was presented by the International Congress of Mathematicians to this year’s four winners in a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.
Mirzakhani’s research focuses on “understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects,” according to a Stanford release. A text provided by the ICM further explains that she works on so-called Riemann surfaces and their deformations. The ICM praised her for “strong geometric intuition.”
Trying to reign in your creativity in a corporate world
I can’t even begin to express my emotions about all this. Even though I’ve spoken about depression at conferences, written endless pages on its gnawing emptiness and have spent many years in therapy, it will always be a beast that haunts. Rest in peace Mr. Williams and may your passing help someone who needs it.