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I realize this is probably a very poor way of reading the book, but so far it's the only way I've been able to make forward progress with it (very slowly too). I have a Computer Engineering background and I'm reading the book for fun.

When you look at a mathematical equation, do you sub-consciously translate it into some other form, or can you just look at the equation or steps in the proof and understand it without this translation? Is it just a matter of practice to understand math without doing a translation or do you think some people have this inherent knack for it and others do not?