Hello all, I'm currently in my 1st year of an Applied Physics MSc. In September I'll be doing a research project which involves (attempting) to prove the optimality of a quantum algorithm. In the summer I'll have some spare time so I'd like to prepare myself as best as possible. i) Refresh my linear algebra/HIlbert spaces. Actually go through books on these subjects and try to do the proofs. This would be useful because although I'm comfortable understanding the math I didn't do a lot of proofs in my undergrad. ii) Read a lot of papers in the area and try to get as familiar as possible with the methods/procedures used. Maybe attempt to reproduce some of the most important proofs. iii) Do a bit of both? I feel like going through the literature would be more useful, but on the other hand I feel like not having experience doing proofs could be a handicap. Cheers!