Dreams To Fuel Your Empire (Part 3): Innovators
Happy hump day (Wednesday)!
Yesterday we covered Nomadic Tribes (e.g. Mongols, Senoi, etc.).
Today, we're going to cover the innovators (entrepreneurs and inventors) and how their sleep-time dreams influenced their greatest contributions to the world.
We'll look into the dreams of math prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, Google's co-founder Larry Page, and even Albert Einstein.
Let's dive in.
Srinivasa Ramanujan & Infinity
The idea of "infinity" is a rather apt concept for the realm of dreams. However, once upon a time, it never existed in our conscious minds. It took self-taught, Indian math prodigy, Srinivasa Ramanujan, to actually find mathematical 'proof' for it (although this is still contested).
According to accounts, Ramanujan said that he repeatedly dreamt of the Hindu goddess Namakkal. She would present "complex mathematical formulas over and over," which he would then test and verify upon waking.¹ This led to numerous contributions to mathematics including an analytical theory of numbers, continued fractions, elliptical functions, infinite series, and 3,000+ mathematical theorems. (There's actually a movie about him now called The Man Who Knew Infinity).
Google, Larry Page & His Anxiety Dream
Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google, said that he once had so much anxiety around whether he'd been accepted into Stanford University by mistake, that he dreamt about something that led to the creation of Google.
In the dream, he dreamt that he could "download the entire web onto some old computers." He got up in the middle of the night, did some maths, and realized it was doable. He took two years out of studying to create what eventually became Google.²
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