[ Parent Question — Learning Abstract Math from First Principles? ]

Have you experienced a purity norm around learning "from first principles"?

by aaq 1 min read1st Dec 20193 comments


In answering Teach's question "Learning Abstract Math from First Principles?", I wrote

I find that anyone who says they "learned it from first principles" is usually putting on airs. It's an odd intellectual purity norm that I think is unfortunately very common among the mathematically- and philosophically-minded.

This does match my personal experience, but I also have some mild OCD tendencies that tie in with this stuff, and so it may just be me. What do other LWers think?

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