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?

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    $\begingroup$ 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
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    $\begingroup$ 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

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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

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    $\begingroup$ 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

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