I had a thought after watching this video*:
People who knew me in high school (perhaps even later) think of me much more as a musician than they ever considered me a mathematician.** To me they’re the same. Playing with pattern and beauty; structure and form; theme and variation. Seeing what happens when you mess around around and see what you like and figure out what works – exploring what’s possible given a few restrictions: a set of givens, a chromatic scale, whole numbers, whole steps, some paper, a piano, or a string quartet.
The thoughts that led me to write songs and analyze Ben Folds and the Beatles and all of that music stuff, was mathematical thinking. It’s the same I do now with everything. I analyze, and I play – carefully and for pleasure.
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