The February 2 issue of The New Yorker is fantastic. Week-in, week-out, the magazine is great. But February 2 is so, so good. Wonderful storytelling, tough-but-thoughtful investigations. The best bedtime read is a profile of mathematician Yitang Zhang and how he solved a math problem many have tried and failed for year to conquer.
Zhang is a humble, quiet man, but not without spirit. His best lines:
“Is there a talent a mathematician should have?”
“Concentration,” Zhang said. We were walking across the campus in a light rain. “Also, you should never give up in your personality,” he continued. “Maybe something in front of you is very complicated, it’s lengthy, but you should be able to pick up the major points by your intuition.”