I have a question about an interesting terminology "flow".
Definition. In psychology, flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one's sense of space and time here.
So, in sum:
flow = a psychological state/feeling of having a highly energized focus at the work without sensing the time and space.
Moreover, it is noted that for some different fields there are specific terms including:
- "developers of computer software reference getting into a flow state as "wired in", or sometimes as The Zone, hack mode."
- "Stock market operators often use the term "in the pipe" to describe the psychological state of flow when trading during high volume days and market corrections."
- "Professional poker players use the term "playing the A-game" when referring to the state of highest concentration and strategical awareness, while pool players often call the state being in "dead stroke"."
My question is that:
I am curious to know is there any specific slang/terminology in mathematics community regarding the experiencing flow at math studying?
You can imagine after doing math for some hours, even very challenging topic, you just take a look at the clock and see it is too much passed, like in the twinkling of an eye!
Just for the sake of completeness and regarding a very good comment by @WillJagy:
I think for doing math it needs to have a kind of enthusiasm in math together with patience. I remember a great quote by Fields Medal winner, Maryam Mirzakhani:
"The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers."
So, I think it needs to be passionately and patiently curious in doing math and then one can experience flow at doing math.