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comment How is it that taking a break from a problem sometimes allows you to figure out the answer?
I'd like to share an old take on this. The 19th century mathematician Henri Poincaré has described something very similar in his essay Mathematical Creation. So maybe that is just how people think. (I have this story and the quiotation from the book Letters to a young mathematician (link points to the right page in a preview on Google Books) by Ian Steward)