Read the Masters!



It is as good an idea to read the masters now as it was in Abel’s time. The best mathematicians know this and do it all the time. Unfortunately, students of mathematics normally spend their early years using textbooks (which may be, but usually aren’t, written by masters) and taking lecture courses which are self-contained and make little or no reference to the primary literature of the subject. The students are left to discover on their own the wisdom of Abel’s advice. In this they are being cheated.


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  1. [1]
    C.L. Siegel. “Zur Geschichte des Frankfurter Mathematischen Seminars.” Frankfurter Universitätsreden, 1964, Heft 36; also in Gesammelte Abhandlungen, V. 3, pp. 462–474. Authorized English translation in The Mathematical Intelligencer 1:4 (1979) 223–230.Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    A. Weil. André Weil: Oeuvres Scientifiques (Collected Papers). Springer-Verlag, New York, 1979.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityUSA

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