Increments

#18 - Work Addiction

January 14, 2021
Increments
#18 - Work Addiction
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Increments
#18 - Work Addiction
Jan 14, 2021

Bit of a personal episode this one is! Ben learns how to be a twitter warrior while Vaden has a full-on breakdown during quarantine. Who knew work addiction was actually a real thing? And that there are 12 step programs for people who identify as being "powerless over compulsive work, worry, or activity"? And that mathematics can create compulsive behavior indistinguishable from drug addiction? Vaden does, now.

People mentioned in this episode:

- Andrew Wiles (look at his face! the face of an addict!)
- Grigori Perelman
- Terry Tao's blog post ("There is a particularly dangerous occupational hazard in this subject: one can become focused, to the exclusion of other mathematical activity (and in extreme cases, on non-mathematical activity also)" - italics added) 

Work slavishly without sleeping or eating to send email over to [email protected] 


 


Show Notes

Bit of a personal episode this one is! Ben learns how to be a twitter warrior while Vaden has a full-on breakdown during quarantine. Who knew work addiction was actually a real thing? And that there are 12 step programs for people who identify as being "powerless over compulsive work, worry, or activity"? And that mathematics can create compulsive behavior indistinguishable from drug addiction? Vaden does, now.

People mentioned in this episode:

- Andrew Wiles (look at his face! the face of an addict!)
- Grigori Perelman
- Terry Tao's blog post ("There is a particularly dangerous occupational hazard in this subject: one can become focused, to the exclusion of other mathematical activity (and in extreme cases, on non-mathematical activity also)" - italics added) 

Work slavishly without sleeping or eating to send email over to [email protected]