Source of wisdom on how to improve the ratio of time feeling fulfilled to time feeling frustrated in research? - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-05-23T15:40:47Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/question/25624 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/25624/source-of-wisdom-on-how-to-improve-the-ratio-of-time-feeling-fulfilled-to-time-fe Source of wisdom on how to improve the ratio of time feeling fulfilled to time feeling frustrated in research? Eleanor Rieffel 2010-05-23T05:13:06Z 2010-07-04T23:22:15Z <p>I thought I remembered reading something along the lines of the following advice in Littlewoodâ€™s Miscellany, but it doesn't appear to be there.</p> <blockquote> <p>Researchers spend the vast majority of their time feeling frustrated. To improve the ratio of time feeling fulfilled to time feeling frustrated, whenever you find a new result or succeed in completing a proof, take the time to enjoy it, preferably by taking a long walk. Definitely donâ€™t dive into the next problem, or go back and check the proof. There is plenty of time for that later.</p> </blockquote> <p>I'm <a href="http://palblog.fxpal.com/?p=3694" rel="nofollow">offering a chocolate bar</a> to the person who can supply me with the true source.</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/25624/source-of-wisdom-on-how-to-improve-the-ratio-of-time-feeling-fulfilled-to-time-fe/25711#25711 Answer by Greg Kuperberg for Source of wisdom on how to improve the ratio of time feeling fulfilled to time feeling frustrated in research? Greg Kuperberg 2010-05-23T19:07:43Z 2010-05-23T19:07:43Z <p>I may have spent enough time feeling frustrated that I can't find anything that resembles this quote in Google Books. :-) The closest that I came was <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=Xnv5fXu1vFoC&amp;pg=PA20" rel="nofollow">a quote from Halmos</a> in the book "Paul Halmos celebrating 50 years of mathematics". Halmos explained that he started walking a lot on his doctor's advice, as an alternative to hypochondria. This wasn't about walking in relation to research.</p> <p>Are you sure that it wasn't e-mail?</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/25624/source-of-wisdom-on-how-to-improve-the-ratio-of-time-feeling-fulfilled-to-time-fe/27278#27278 Answer by Tom Ellis for Source of wisdom on how to improve the ratio of time feeling fulfilled to time feeling frustrated in research? Tom Ellis 2010-06-06T22:01:51Z 2010-06-06T22:01:51Z <p>I remember Alain Connes writing about working on problems whilst walking, but I can't remember where I read it and I don't think it had anything to do with enjoying fulfillment.</p>