Alec Nevala-Lee

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The art of stubbornness

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Lennart Carleson

If you want to solve problems, as in my case, the most important property is to be very, very stubborn. And also to select problems which are within reach. That needs some kind of intuition…You must somehow have a feeling for mathematics: what is right, what is wrong, and what is feasible…

Stubbornness is important; you don’t want to give up. But as I said before, you have to know when to give up also. If you want to succeed you have to be very persistent. And I think it’s a drive not to be beaten by stupid problems.

Lennart Carleson, in an interview with the American Mathematical Society

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November 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. I am having a hard time agreeing with this. If you know when to stop being stubborn then to me, you aren’t stubborn. Now being persistent is a different story…


    November 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm

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