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Re: Re: Recommended learning exercises for beginners?
On Feb 1, 2006, at 4:34 AM, Paul Abbott wrote: >> It is not fair to ask students to learn Mathematica and difficult >> technical >> material at the same time. > > I disagree. Indeed, if material is designed well, the parallel > learning > can be particularly effective. I do agree that it is important to keep > in mind the distinction between Mathematica and mathematics. I was twenty, just before summer, when I asked my favorite physics teacher - Miklós Dede of KLTE - to allow me to participate in his research area of neutron-gas physics. When it came to what books should I read during the summer, he told me there were no good books in Hungarian, but there was the Davidson book in English and its Russian translation to start with. Well, I hated Russian - the language of the "freedom bringer" and "people's democracy" - and I never learned English up to that point. He looked at my daunted face and told me smiling: " What is the problem ? Even the most stupid English people can read English. " Well, in the summer break I got through the Davidson book and from there on I was able to read most physics books in English. And that is all that was needed at that time. My thought is that not all students should learn extra. Only those who want to:) But, students who do not want to do any extra learning, should fold their study and look for some good paying physical work. János ------ "..because Annushka has already bought sunflower oil, and not only bought it, but spilled it too." Bulgakov: Master and Margarita