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What is the best way to learn and sharpen the proof methodologies and logic in mathematics, reading the proof books or attempting the proof problems in analysis texts without the proof basics?

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What is the best way to learn and sharpen the proof methodologies and logic in mathematics, reading the proof books or attempting the proof problems in analysis texts without the proof basics?

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Learn common proof techniques. I believe you'll find similar proofs crop up a lot in analysis.

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Start with a text or course on discrete math. Counting, proof by induction, predicate calculus, proof by contradiction, set theory, etc. It sharpens your proof muscles a lot.

What is the best way to learn and sharpen the proof methodologies and logic in mathematics, reading the proof books or attempting the proof problems in analysis texts without the proof basics?

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My own introduction to logic came from learning Latin in high school. Studying rhetoric or argument in general would be just as good a place to start as learning math. I would say that it might even be better since solving math problems is more about thinking and seeing problems logically than about a specific set of techniques.

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