Learning from Mathematicians

Imagine an architect who would never admit to making sketches, blueprints or erecting scaffolds. In his view, the finished building speaks for itself. How could a young architect learn from such a man? Mathematicians traditionally refuse ever to disclose the intuitions that lead them to a conjecture, or the empirical tests to see if it were likely true, or the initial proofs. They are like chefs who refuse to disclose their recipes, ingredients or techniques.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)