Halmos on how to study

It’s been said before and often, but it cannot be overemphasized : study actively. Don’t just read it; fight it! Ask your own question, look for your own examples, discover your own proofs. Is the hypothesis necessary? Is the converse true? What happens in the classical special case? What about the degenerate cases? Where does the proof use the hypothesis?

Paul Halmos – I want to be a Mathematician: An Automathography (1985), p.69.

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One Response to Halmos on how to study

  1. Denise says:

    Delightful quote! Thank you for sharing.

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