On starting research on a new problem

by The Bayesian Observer

"Whenever I start working on a new problem, I never look a the literature in the area first.. that baises the mind. I try to attack the problem myself and then see the literature, only to discover that half of what I worked out has already been published. But that's okay, there is still the other half!" – Godfried Toussaint at colloqium lecture at NYU.