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Difficulty of learning mathematics

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[[Tim Gowers]]: "''Mathematics becomes hard.'' Every mathematician will be able to tell you rather precisely when it was that they found that mathematics had stopped being an easy subject that they could understand with very little effort and became a difficult subject that they had to struggle with if they wanted to get anywhere. It isn’t necessarily an advantage if this happens to you later rather than sooner. For example, some Cambridge students find the course difficult right from the start, whereas others largely coast through the first year and then find that they can’t coast through the second year. The people who found it hard in the first year may by this time have developed good study habits that the people who found it easy in the first year do not have." [] "Mathematicians are chronically lost and confused. It's our natural state of being, and it's okay to keep going and take what insights you can."
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