Hardcore math tweet: the importance of knowing lots of small facts.

Working with Todd Trimble on category theory I'm both impressed and also annoyed by how often he can prove things I merely conjecture. Annoyed at myself, that is: why can't I do it?

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John Carlos Baez@johncarlosbaez@mathstodon.xyzOne reason is that he's more persistent. Another is that he knows more techniques and small facts, which with persistence can be used to prove exciting things. He collects them. He really likes them.

This is how math always works. It's not just about big ideas!

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