No mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man’s game. —G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology In 2013, a 58-year-old part-time lecturer at the University of New Hampshire solved a math problem that had stumped top mathematicians for decades.1 Yitang Zhang was a total […]
Below, you'll find articles on personal development. What is personal development, you ask?
It's simply making a conscious effort to get better at life.
Specific topics include learning new skills, overcoming fear, and giving generously.
I ran into an old friend this weekend, and wow! The dude has gotten into serious shape. He’s been working out five days a week for the past year and half, it turns out. Crossfit. And he looks great—trim, lean, and muscular. Reader, if you walked past my friend on the street, you’d think to […]
College students hate group work. I hear plenty of griping from my students about group projects and group presentations, and I have to admit: I felt the same way at their age. Depending on others is hard! Can’t I just do it myself? But we all discover the same thing once we enter the working […]
One of the best habits I’ve picked up in the last few years is sending a handwritten thank-you note when someone does me a favor or goes above and beyond in some way. It’s one of those little habits that requires very little effort but is very effective. Here are three quick reasons to consider […]
I usually read around two books a month, but I haven’t finished a book in almost three and a half months. I’m currently stuck on a great book: Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. It’s a dense, well-researched volume, and it takes a lot of concentration to […]