`[written on friday]`

maybe i should have waited until the end of today to submit the article. instead, i did so just before lunch. it took only 5 minutes to upload and fill out the form.

otherwise, today was wholly unproductive.

Stephanie: What did you do today?

Leonard: Well, I'm a physicist, so I just thought about stuff.

Stephanie: That's it?

Leonard: I wrote some of it down.

when i think about it, most of my workdays are unproductive, in the sense that no stunning breakthrough occurs. it's hard to say if i've ever had a moment that could really be called a "breakthrough."

i wouldn't call the process of research "continuous" either. maybe it's like a (1-D) distribution function from probability .. but, of course, that's being rather optimistic:

who says that there is always progress in research? [1]

as for particulars, today i felt uncommitted to any one idea or problem. my mind just started to wander and the rest of me was obliged to follow it.

i thought about curreηts,

then about metrιc spaces,

then returned to geοmetric measurε theοry;

all in all, in 5 pages i didn't prove anything .. maybe a lemma?

i wouldn't point to anything and call it a lemma, exactly. these were five pages of .. observations, i suppose: the lazy kind of maths, where you ..

- trace through proofs and examples that you already know,
- assume all the hypotheses you need to work through a special case,
- trying, all the while, to identify the driving mechanism behind it all.

no exploration of the unknown, no real struggle ..

.. and thus: nothing worthwhile earned.

[1]

*i've lost "theorems" before, due to sloppiness, which would make the graph decreasing on some sub-intervals*.

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