A Quote by Norbert Wiener on chess, correction, mathematics, problems, reputation, and success

The Advantage is that mathematics is a field in which one's blunders tend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a stroke of the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

Source: Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood and Youth.

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