> > Related, there is this effect which I call the Stockholm Syndrome for > Mathematicians :) This happens when people read a book which leave large > gaps in their proofs, and force the reader to fill them. From the > helplessness of the start of not understanding, because information is > missing,
I never got past that point.
> the reader works through the proofs, and increasingly builds > confidence in himself. After having mastered the book this way, his > emotions have gone through a rollercoaster of frustration to a feeling > of control. And suddenly those positive feelings are projected to the > book; since I know this well, the book must be great. But it's not the > book; it's the massive work that was done to recover the details and > essential techniques. I hope future writers avoid writing their books > this way; it's abuse in disguise.
-- When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting