Sunday, August 30, 2009

Music. Mathematics.Chess

"There may be only three human activities in which miraculous accomplishment is possible before adulthood: mathematics, music and chess. These are abstract, almost invented realms, closed systems bounded by rules of custom or principle. Here, the child learns, is how elements combine and transform; here are the laws that govern their interactions; and here are the possibilities that emerge as you play with signs, symbols, sounds or pieces. Nothing else need be known or understood — at least at first."

Link to full NYT article here.

I can't do any of the three - and I shall always wonder what that means.

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