Today I Learned

Some of the things I've learned every day since Oct 10, 2016

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About this blog:

A couple years ago I was inspired by the Everyday projects being done by visual artists such as Beeple, and found myself wanting to do something similar. This project was the closest analog I could think of for someone like myself who, instead of making visual art, does math and writes code all day.

Basically, the deal is that every day I make myself learn something I didn’t know the day before, and then I make myself write about it here.

The primary goal of learning something new every day is to maintain personal momentum, i.e. “no zero days”. However, there’s the added benefit of my knowledge base getting forcibly branched out, instead of following the natural tendency to stay stuck in areas I already know well.

The purpose of posting everything online is just to hold myself accountable and make sure I actually do this, especially on the days when I don’t want to. (In fact, there are a lot of days I’ve missed the posting requirement. This is because I pretty frequently do things like taking backpacking trips in the middle of nowhere miles away from internet, so I have to just go on the honor system those days.)

About me:

My name’s Zach and I study math and computer science at Berkeley. Other than that, I’m into playing guitar, seeing live music, backpacking, snowboarding, and generally just having a good time.

My main interests include things like metamathematics, information, and intelligence. At their intersection, I’m ultimately interested in the design of intelligence capable of doing creative mathematics.

If you’d like to chat about anything, email me at z.waltman@gmail.com.

 

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