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From Bruno Belhoste's Augustin-Louis Cauchy — A Biography:

Even if we should doubt the remark Valson attributed to Lagrange, it is likely that he did advise Louis-François about to his son's education in mathematics: Do not allow him even to open a mathematics book nor write a single number before he has completed his studies in literature.

Why did Lagrange say that Cauchy should concentrate his efforts on literature before studying mathematics?

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    $\begingroup$ "I read somewhere" is a bad way to start a question. Maybe you might remember where you read it? $\endgroup$
    – fdb
    Mar 1 '16 at 21:25
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    $\begingroup$ "Even if we should doubt the remark Valson attributed to Lagrange, it is likely that he did advise Louis-François about to his son's education in mathematics: Do not allow him even to open a mathematics book nor write a single number before he has completed his studies in literature" From Cauchy, A biography by Bruno Belhoste $\endgroup$
    – copper
    Mar 1 '16 at 21:35

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