My question today: Should you read research papers? Especially if you're interested to do research in the future yourself? Or should you rather stick to textbooks first?

Does it help with building intuition?

When would you suggest starting? Like there are rather elementary papers but obviously also very advanced ones.

So what do you think? Is reading research papers important for a rising mathematician?


closed as primarily opinion-based by user296602, G Tony Jacobs, Rob Arthan, Lee Mosher, Will Jagy Mar 16 '18 at 23:22

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, I'm voting to close as opinion based. This really depends on your background, where you are in your education, what your goals are, and so on. $\endgroup$ – user296602 Mar 16 '18 at 23:08
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ In one sense, the answer is "yes, of course you need to read research papers if you're ever going to surpass them." On the other hand, reading them prematurely might be frustrating or pointless. $\endgroup$ – user296602 Mar 16 '18 at 23:09
  • $\begingroup$ Read them...... when you’re ready. This is a pointer to the question you really want to ask... $\endgroup$ – G Tony Jacobs Mar 16 '18 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close because the question is about your career and not about maths But I will say that if you think that you can do research in maths without reading research papers, then you have a lot to learn. $\endgroup$ – Rob Arthan Mar 16 '18 at 23:16
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ How is that a silly question... That's kind of rude, don't you think? Not everyone is as experienced as you and knows about how research papers are like... Thank you for your response. $\endgroup$ – Kezer Mar 16 '18 at 23:32