I remember having read, about 15 years ago, a transcript of a lecture given by Richard K. Guy, titled "How not to be a graduate student". He gave lots of advice, mostly humorous, concealing sharp and deep observations.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate this text on the Internet; I have the feeling I had read it in a newsgroup list, and these things don't seem to exist anymore.

Does anyone perchance have a copy of this?

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Professor Khan in this article mentions the talk, you might try emailing him to inquire if he has a copy. $\endgroup$ May 27, 2021 at 20:58
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ Apparently it was a public lecture at a 2009 conference at Calgary. See pims.math.ca/files/CYRC_2009_Final_Report.pdf for a mention of the talk (but not a transcript, nor a link to one). $\endgroup$ May 27, 2021 at 23:47
  • $\begingroup$ Any change you were able to locate the transcript? $\endgroup$
    – Our
    May 30, 2021 at 8:12

1 Answer 1


I was able to locate it, \TeX ed it, and uploaded it to https://www.math.uni-sb.de/ag/bartholdi/pub/Guy-NotGrad.pdf

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Genius! I did find one deliberately true statement: "It's impossible to write a mathematics book without making mistakes." $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2021 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ Is it just me or the link does not work? $\endgroup$
    – Watson
    Dec 3, 2021 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ It's back online. $\endgroup$
    – grok
    Dec 8, 2021 at 10:22

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.