There are times when you should simply abandon all rules and schedules you have made for yourself – for instance, if you suddenly receive a mathematical inspiration that demands to be analysed right away.

Just don’t use this meta-rule to justify procrastination or organisational backsliding! If you find that you are routinely breaking your own rules, you either need to change your habits or change your rules. This may require becoming more realistic and honest with yourself.

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25 September, 2019 at 11:47 pm

NehaaGood day Sir.

I am currently a student.(10th grade)

Mathematics has always been a mystery to me as a subject.The reason as to why I feel this is because,generally a problem in a mathematics seems to exist only because there is a solution.

As a student,despite of knowing the fact that a problem exists only because it is a problem to be solved,I find difficulty in arriving to the point which is necessary for solving a question.

Especially in fields like combinatorics,numner theory branches,we might have to try sampling,derive conclusions ,assumption and finally apply the mathematical formula to get the answer.

How exactly do you judge your assumptions and conclusions to be right to be able to proceed and reach the determining point of question?

21 January, 2020 at 8:13 pm

TerenceTaoFanDear Professor Tao, just curious but are you of Shanghainese Wu speaking ancestry?

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