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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I bow in the presence of a master

Australian Terence Tao has just won the Fields Medal (the math world's version of the Nobel prize). He was trying to teach other toddlers how to add numbers at age 2, scored 760 in the SAT at age 8, graduated with a B.S. at 16, obtained his PhD from Princeton at 21, and became a tenured Professor of Mathematics at UCLA at 24.

John Garnett, former UCLA college chair of mathematics, recently placed Dr Tao on a level with Mozart, "except without Mozart's personality problems" and noted that "mathematics just flows out of him."

More here.

Extra points awarded to anyone who can identify who uttered the phrase in the title to this post. Owing to his vast store of specialized knowledge, crufty cannot play :-P


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