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How to Think Like a Mathematician by Kevin Houston

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CHAPTER 2

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Reading mathematics

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Don’t believe everything you read.

Anon

Obviously you can read and probably you have been taught reading skills for academic purposes as part of a study skills course. Unfortunately, mathematics has some special subtleties which often get missed in classes or books on how to study. For example, speed reading is recommended as a valuable tool for learning in many subjects. In mathematics, however, this is not a good method. Mathematics is rarely overwritten; there are few superfluous adjectives, every word and symbol ...

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