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Comment author: RedMan 21 December 2017 07:54:35PM *  0 points [-]

Correct. I have found that the works written at the time when the relevant technical work had just recently been completed, by the people who made those breakthroughs, is often vastly superior to summary work written decades after the field's last major breakthrough.

If I remember correctly, Elon Musk cited some older texts on rocketry as his 'tree trunk' of knowledge about the subject.

This advice only applies to mature fields, in places where fundamental breakthroughs are happening regularly, this advice is downright awful.