1. You and Your Research, by Richard Hamming

  2. On Writing, by Terence Tao

  3. Ten Simple Rules for Mathematical Writing, by Dimitri Bertsekas

  4. Computing Machinery and Intelligence, by Alan Turing


  • “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  —  Albert Einstein

  • “Work on interesting problems, seek clean answers, present results in as simple a form as possible, and have fun throughout the process.”  —  Abbas El Gamal

  • “Papers should include more side remarks, open questions, and such. Very often, these are more interesting than the theorems actually proved.”  —  Jean-Pierre Serre

  • “If there is one thing in mathematics that fascinates me more than anything else (and doubtless always has), it is neither ‘number’ nor ‘size’, but always form. And among the thousand-and-one faces whereby form chooses to reveal itself to us, the one that fascinates me more than any other and continues to fascinate me, is the structure hidden in mathematical things.”  —  Alexander Grothendieck