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Pioneering Mathematician G.H. Hardy on the Noblest Existential Ambition and How We Find Our Purpose #MakerEducation « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

Pioneering Mathematician G.H. Hardy on the Noblest Existential Ambition and How We Find Our Purpose #MakerEducation

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Wise words! Via Brain Pickings.

In considering the value of mathematics as a field of study and “the proper justification of a mathematician’s life,” Hardy offers a broader meditation on how we find our sense of purpose and arrive at our vocation. Addressing “readers who are full, or have in the past been full, of a proper spirit of ambition,” Hardy writes in an era when every woman was colloquially “man”:

A man who is always asking “Is what I do worth while?” and “Am I the right person to do it?” will always be ineffective himself and a discouragement to others. He must shut his eyes a little and think a little more of his subject and himself than they deserve. This is not too difficult: it is harder not to make his subject and himself ridiculous by shutting his eyes too tightly.

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