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

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Comment author: RichardKennaway 04 March 2010 05:58:42PM *  8 points [-]

That doesn't seem so for mathematics, physics, chemistry...the hard sciences in general. It may be an ornament to one's education to read Euclid, Newton, and Einstein, but it is not necessary. The books that endure in these fields are the exceptionally good textbooks rather than the original works.