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Does the thought "I can look it up if I have to "
occur to you frequently?

Remember that this is a math course, not an introduction to
your local telephone book. It is of course useful to know
where to find some things in the literature, but acquiring
new mathematics means increasing your ability to reason and
think about certain concepts and problems. You need to
change your approach to mathematics and this page is trying
to tell you what your approach should be.

Here's a supposedly true story professors sometimes tell
each other: Candidate X is taking his oral Ph.D. qualifying
exam and is asked about how to approach a certain problem.
He says: "You use some theorem. I forgot, but I can
always look it up when I need it". After a few moments
of silence one of his examiners responds: "You need it
now!"

Fine print, your comments, more links, Peter Alfeld,
PA1UM

[16-Aug-1996]