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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of the American mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics and Abel Prize winner. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. It was inspired by a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The film stars Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles. The story begins in Nash’s days as a graduate student at Princeton University. Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while watching the burden his condition brings on wife Alicia and friends…. [source: wikipedia]

As I remember : The autobiography of Stephen P Timoshenko (1968)


As I Remember is the autobiography of Stephen P. Timoshenko, distinguished Ukrainian engineer who is known as “The father of Engineering Mechanics.” The first recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Timoshenko Medal, he is famous for developing the theory of elasticity, and the theory of beam deflection, buckling, torsion, thrust and pivot vibration. He was the co-founder of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, author of numerous textbooks, and a professor at St Petersburg Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, and Stanford University. This is the story of his humble life growing up in the Ukraine, and the long journey of scientific studies, politics, war, travels, and teaching. [source:]

The Feynman Technique – proper way of learning

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Richard Feynman was a physicist who received a Nobel prize for his work in quantum electrodynamics. He was notorious for asking others to explain concepts in simple language to test their understanding.

Here his unique technique to learn new materials:
Step 1. Choose a topic you want to understand and start studying it. Once you know what it is about, take a piece of paper and write the topic at the top of the page.
Step 2. Pretend you’re teaching the idea to someone else. Write out an explanation on paper while you describe them out loud. Like this, you get an idea of what you understand and where you still have gaps. Whenever you get stuck, go back and study. Repeat that process until you can explain it.
Step 3. Finally, do it again, but now simplify your language or use an analogy to make the point. If your explanation ends up wordy and confusing, that’s an indication that you do not understand the idea well enough. If that happens, go back until you have mastered it. It is the process of thinking about an idea while teaching it that makes the method so effective. Once you can explain an idea with simple language and create graphic analogies, you have deeply understood it and will remember it for a long time.
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