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Koestler described the more general process (would apply to maths too) in The Act of Creation like this:

Awareness of a problem

Research

Incubation period

Insight/intuition

Checking

Bertrand Russell said that when younger he'd tried to solve problems in maths by continual work on them - to the point of exhaustion and frustration. Later he realised that if, after some work, he just left it for a while, a possible solution would pop into his mind to be checked out.


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 10:44:33 AM EST
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