A run-in with the garbage men

When you write and run a computer program you are processing data. You load data, create more data, process it and so on. All this data takes up memory on your computer. Without any other action the memory starts to look like a kid's bedroom - all toys, and stale clothes, and empty cans and …


Millions of tiny hypotheses

.. it was a myth that there were people with innate mathematical skills and those without: you solved mathematical problems through gumption - you kept banging your head against it, trying different things, figuring it out as you went.