June 4, 2011

« We cannot hope to solve any worth-while problem without intense concentration. But we are easily tired by intense concentration of our attention upon the same point. In order to keep the attention alive, the object on which it is directed must increasingly change. If our work progresses, there is something to do, there are new points to examine, our attention is occupied, our interest is alive. But if we fail to make progress, our attention falters, our interest fades, we get tired of the problem, our thoughts begin to wander, and there is danger of losing the problem altogether. To escape from this danger we have to set ourselves a new question about the problem. The new question unfolds untried possibilities of contact with our previous knowledge, it revives our hope of making useful contacts. The new question reconquers our interest by varying the problem, by showing some new aspect of it. »
~ “How to solve it”, G. Polya.

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