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How do you learn a new math subject? (poll crossposted from math_research)

Poll #1503463 How do you learn a new math subfield beyond your specialty?

How do you learn a new subject beyond your subfield? (Note that you can choose multiple answers)

Ask a colleague who works in the relevant subfield for the basics and the references
2(5.6%)
Look into Wikipedia (or another encyclopaedia, for that matter) and then follow the references and the links found there
6(16.7%)
Pick up several books on the subject and go for a bout of reading until you "see the light"
4(11.1%)
Pick a single book or paper and dig through it until you begin to understand it
3(8.3%)
Other (please leave a comment with details below)
1(2.8%)


The results of this poll are here. Thanks for participating!
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