Chan-Ho Suh <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<email@example.com>... > In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Thomas > Nordhaus <email@example.com> wrote: > > We're talking about someone who probably doesn't even remember enough > to discuss anything about vector spaces. You may not have ever > memorized a definition (seems remarkable, but possible), but you have > undoubtedly partially memorized them enough to discuss them, e.g. "Ah, > the definition of a vector space, doesn't it have something to do with > scalar multiplication and an abelian group..." >
Yup. When I was a senior looking for a job about 10a + b years ago, I heard about a student who washed out of a job interview when asked "What is a vector space?" Stage fright? Maybe so, maybe not.