Wednesday, February 16, 2005

"Look Before You Leap."

Words to live by, those.

This past week I spent more than a fair share of time studying an approach to one particular problem, only to discover that it is nigh-impossible to implement it. It's likely that the approach cannot possibly work, because it would lead to a rather unbreakable contradiction. Several papers suggest this, in fact, and one might even contain a proof as to why.

Damn it. I should have known that it was too good to be true. For those of you who knew what I was trying to do, you don't have to say "I told you so," because I see what you mean, now. Fool that I am, that it took me this long to realize it.

Nothing new or interesting occurs, as of late. No progress with securing an advisor, and apparently, no good ideas on how to solve anything - not even ideas or inclinations on what would make good problems to study.

Argh ... how does anyone ever solve, or even learn anything at all?


Anonymous said...

There's also “you have to crawl before you can walk”. Remember GRE Verbal test?
A. reaping: sowing
B. being baptized : believing
C. succeeding : failing
D. speaking : thinking
E. doing original math research : doing what your advisor tells you to do"
That would be a tough one.

Kevin said...

Oh, oh! Pick me, I know the answer! It's E!

Anon is completely correct. See Oh Boogers and then Nevermind for an example of exactly this.