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orthonormal comments on For progress to be by accumulation and not by random walk, read great books - Less Wrong

35 Post author: MichaelVassar 02 March 2010 08:11AM

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Comment author: orthonormal 03 March 2010 06:49:21AM 4 points [-]

That's too strong a claim; working it out for oneself from the intuitions available at the time probably makes good experience for a scientist, and it's too bad we lack it. That being said, it will in fact take a lot more effort for that one benefit, and we should see if there's a Third Alternative between being spoon-fed conclusions with tidy derivations, and trying to recapitulate the entire history of physics.