What was the hardest thing you learned when studying math?
James Tanton sits down and talks about one of his most difficult experiences in mathematics. His difficulty wasn’t one course or topic, but rather his entire PhD experience. He spent over 2 and a half years working on a single problem with nothing to show for it, until he had a burst of inspiration one afternoon and solved it in 2 hours.
This is a great, quick video to watch for not only those of us who are doing math research, but even those who are taking high school and college math courses because it really emphasizes persistence and patience in math. I’ve talked about how I struggled for years with probability, but with enough time and dedication I was able to grasp and understand it. I believe everyone with the right focus, viewpoint, and help can get to wherever they want in math.