--- Olivia Judson wrote:
And so, absurdly, it became easier to re-research a subject each time
I wanted to think about it, and to download the papers again.
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This reminds me -- I read that in the very early days of computing, some people were planning to store things like tables of trigonometric functions in the machine so the program they wanted to run could look up the values. I think it was John Von Neumann who pointed out that this was dumb -- the machine should just compute the values it wanted, every time it wanted them. Turned out much better that way!
Any connection here? (Seriously, I'll take a look at "Zotero.")
-- John Lamperti