It is full of interesting inequalities, and I may have something to say about them later, but I just wanted to share the following, where Steele is talking about George Polya and his book How to Solve It:
Some of the richest of Polya's suggestions may be repackaged as the modestly paradoxical question: "What is the simplest problem you cannot solve?".... Perhaps no other discipline can contribute more to one's effectiveness as a solver of mathematical problems.
I think this is worth remembering.
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