Scraping Away All Unwanted Information

W.W. Sawyer, “What are the Qualities of a Mathematician?” Prelude to Mathematics, (Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1957), p.27:

The investigation of a problem therefore consists of scraping away all unwanted information, until only the essential facts remain. The less you are told, the easier it is to find a solution. A general theorem rarely says anything complicated; what is does is to draw your attention to the important facts.

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