Terence Tao said about problem solving:
“It’s not about being smart or even fast,” Tao added. “It’s like climbing a cliff: If you’re very strong and quick and have a lot of rope, it helps, but you need to devise a good route to get up there. Doing calculations quickly and knowing a lot of facts are like a rock climber with strength, quickness and good tools. You still need a plan — that’s the hard part — and you have to see the bigger picture.”
His views about mathematics have changed over the years.
“When I was a kid, I had a romanticized notion of mathematics, that hard problems were solved in ‘Eureka ’ moments of inspiration,” he said. “With me, it’s always, ‘Let’s try this. That gets me part of the way, or that doesn’t work. Now let’s try this. Oh, there’s a little shortcut here.’ You work on it long enough and you happen to make progress towards a hard problem by a back door at some point. At the end, it’s usually, ‘Oh, I’ve solved the problem.’” Read more at https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Terence-Tao-Mozart-of-Math-7252
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Terence Terry Tao
by nine he was doing maths alongside students twice his age at Flinders
at ten he represented Australia in the international
at age twelve Terry towel came under the tutelage of professor Garth Gauri who quickly realized what the boy was capable of …
by sixteen Terry Tao l had an honours degree
by 21 he had a doctorate from the prestigious
nd at 24 he was a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles
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