Registered: Nov 2001
Location: In galaxy far, far
away at z=6
I would not call myself a genius either and used to
know some reasonably advanced Maths. And I'm talking calculus
either. But, I do stuggle with what I call advanced maths;
set, number and games theory. That stuff defeats me every time
I try to grok it.
As James says most people give up at
Algebra for some reason and really don't know what Maths
really is. For most the equations,
e-iπ-1 = 0
equally incomprehensible and meaningless. The second, Eulers
relation, is to me a very beautiful and powerful statement.
Whereas the first is more akin to basic mechanics, just crank
the handle to solve.
But I would say that you do have
to be a genius to formulate new mathematics. Not everyone can
be Reimann, Gödel or Hilbert. That takes something extra. It
is that extra that defines the genius.
"I've seen things you people
wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of
Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the
Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like
tears in rain. Time to die." - Roy Batty,
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