Quote of the Day

I soon found an opportunity to be introduced to a famous professor Johann Bernoulli, whose good pleasure it was to advance me further in the mathematical sciences. True, he was very busy and so refused flatly to give me private lessons; but he gave me much more valuable advice to start reading more difficult mathematical books on my own and to study them as diligently as I could; if I came across some obstacle or difficulty, I was given permission to visit him freely every Saturday afternoon and he kindly explained to me everything I could not understand, which happened with such greatly desired advantage that whenever he had obvitiated one difficulty for me, because of that ten others disappeared right away, and this, undoubtedly, is the best method to succeed in mathematical subjects.


Leonhard Euler, Autobiography of 1767