Recommended: “The Mundanity of Excellence”

Part one of a seven-part series, originally posted at See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7.

Today, I will read The Mundanity of Excellence by Daniel Chambliss. I came across this essay through a tweet from Michael Nielsen, who mentioned Freyja’s excellent “Becoming a magician” essay (I blogged about it briefly). Jason Crawford replied to Michael, pointing to today’s essay. I have since read and reread it and cannot stop thinking about it.

You can find the original version on Fermats Library. I used Visakan Veerasamy’s “edited-for-readability” version from his blog,

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