Here’s a first class quote by Terry, it’s ace, his blog and the many contributors make lots of ace quotes:

“Actually, one of the best ways to memorise the proof of X is to cover up the proof and try to prove it yourself. Usually, what happens is that you’ll be able to get halfway through the proof but get stuck on a key point. After you get frustrated, this is the time to uncover the proof, at which point you should quickly see the trick or observation that eluded you before, and then the rest of the proof often becomes quite obvious to you. When done this way, the only thing you need to remember to reconstruct the proof is that key insight, which tends to stay in one’s memory precisely because you didn’t have it before.”

]]>As for the name change,it is true, reading your advice could easily make a person more humble, hard working yet somehow quite popular as well, putting these sorts of qualities that make a good mathematician ‘into a bottle’ and distributing it globally is actually only the history of the internet years old, which is about a fraction of one per cent of the history of mathematics…?????

Here’s hoping to be a positive form of serendipity… ]]>