Mathematics is Hard Work, Not Genius

What I fight against most in some sense, [when talking to the public,] is the kind of message, for example as put out by the film Good Will Hunting, that there is something you're born with and either you have it or you don't. That's really not the experience of mathematicians. We all find it difficult, it's not that we're any different from someone who struggles with maths problems in third grade. It's really the same process. We're just prepared to handle that struggle on a much larger scale and we've built up resistance to those setbacks.


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 What does it feel like to do maths?
Personal Communications>Interview:  Wiles, Andrew (December 2, 2016), What does it feel like to do maths?, Retrieved on 2016-12-29
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