Friday, June 17, 2005

Book Learning

After college, I occasionally try to learn something new. I do not learn much and am not often successful. These attempts invariably involve trying to read a text book. Do instructors deliberately skip derivation steps and providing answers just to keep class rooms in business? Why does it seem impossible to find a book that actually explains a topic clearly? A lot of times the fault is mine for not understanding what level of book I should use to start. Sometimes the book itself claims to be introductory and then you discover it's an introduction for people who are already in-depth in that field and looking at a very esoteric discipline within that field.

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