Since my acceptance into a dissertation program in July 1998, I have been meticulous in annotating my reading and, in my writing, crediting ideas and phrases to their authors. But for the 60 years prior, I read widely, without scholarly intent, and absorbed ideas and even wordings which I can no longer attribute to their source. I would be grateful to learn of any citation I've overlooked.

Speaking of his Erdos biography, Schecter noted that his goals, like the standards for a math proof, are elegance, authority, clarity, inevitability, and simplicity. And, he said, his writing, like a proof, must be no longer than it needs to be to show its insight (Schecter). This is a wonderful articulation of a standard I adopt.

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