Excellent argument from a probability book


I strongly dislike the arrogance and snobbism that encompasses mathematics
and many mathematicians. Books and papers are filled with expressions such
as “it is easily seen”, “it is trivial”, “routine computations yield”, and so on.
The last example is sometimes modified into “routine, but tedious, computa-
tions yield”. And we all know that behind things that are easily seen there
may be years of thinking and/or huge piles of scrap notes that lead nowhere,
and one sheet where everything finally worked out nicely.

—Allan Gut

You make me really happy and want to read your book! Because I hate seeing “trivially" again and again in textbooks:)

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