Look, I think you’d best stick to solving your math puzzle for the week. Isn’t that what you do, calling it “research?” Serious mathematician you are not. Thinker? let’s not even go there. You are a puzzle solver on steroids. Even your so-called theorems (primes in APs?) are nothing more than glorified olympiad-type problems. In our department, you are easily the best puzzle solver, but I wouldn’t rate you even among the top 10 serious mathematicians. And guess what? There are many who suspect this, and we do talk to each other. Now go and do your silly little puzzles and look for the next photo-op. ]]>

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I assume that any published paper go through several versions, all the way from preliminary ideas on a scratch paper to a well-organized TeX file. I wonder from what stage would you begin to convert a pencil-and-paper version to a TeX version? I find it hard to think before a computer screen so I always wait until I’ve thought through everything and got everything written down before typing, but seems a lot of time could have been saved if those hand-written drafts were avoided.

]]>Why not write the paper in different versions? In particular, it is interesting to expose the defects of the definition-theorem-example pattern; this pattern is good for an efficient writing, but it is too efficient to be regarded or to be meaningful and inspiring…

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