Having to set and solve a problem on my own was very good training.
Kirillov [my postgraduate studies advisor] was a wonderful teacher, but he was tough. After I had got acquainted with representation theory, I went up to him to ask for a problem. He told me to look for a problem myself. [...] Having to set and solve a problem on my own was very good training because once back in Hungary, I would be doing research on my own.
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