The 12 Favorite Problems Method

How to be a genius.
How to be a genius.

Richard Feynman was fond of giving the following advice on how to be a genius. You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say, ‘How did he do it? He must be a genius!’”

Gian-Carlo Rota, Indiscrete Thoughts

By Massimo Curatella

Learning Experience Facilitator.

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