The Monkey Brain
Why bugs?

Why write about bugs?

Knowledge begins to appear obvious once it is acquired. Without deliberate effort, the learning process is obscured.

Expertise and professionalism are performative, and they often demand us to come off as smarter than we really are. That too obscures the learning process.

I believe that these obfuscations lead to the expectations of brilliance that make fields less welcoming.

To fight against this, I will try to write about bugs. Especially, I want to document times I struggle to discover an answer that feels obvious in retrospect. Those are the pieces of experience for which I am most likely to act as if I didn't have to struggle to acquire it.



The Monkey Brain is Sam Zhang's interactive blog of mathematical curiosities.

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