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, the mathematics one needs for theoretical physics can often be mastered simply by making a sufficient effort. This activity is quite different from, and far more straightforward than, the originality and creativity needed in physics itself. Second, it seems to be the case in practice that the mathematics one needs in physics is not of a highly sophisticated sort. One hardly ever uses elaborate theorems or long strings of definitions. Rather, what one almost always uses, in various areas of mathematics, is the five or six basic definitions, some examples to