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Terence Tao
Australian
Mathematician
Born:
Jul 17
,
1975
Good
Important
Mathematics
Me
Work
You
Related authors:
Ada Lovelace
Alfred North Whitehead
Archimedes
Charles Babbage
Isaac Newton
Katherine Johnson
Pythagoras
Rene Descartes
Talent is important, but how one develops and nurtures it is even more so.
Terence Tao
Important
More
Develops
Talent
How
Even
When you're concentrating hard, hours can fly by, and it's just you and a math problem.
Terence Tao
You
Problem
Fly
Concentrating
Hours
Math
Just
Hard
I enjoy a good meal, a good vacation, or a good movie, much as anyone else would.
Terence Tao
Good
Meal
Enjoy
Else
Good Meal
Good Movie
Would
Movie
Anyone
Anyone Else
Much
Vacation
Math education has changed over the years. In the 19th century, they taught spherical trigonometry because one of the biggest applications of mathematics was navigating the ocean. This is no longer so relevant.
Terence Tao
Education
Mathematics
Ocean
Changed
Relevant
Longer
Over
Because
Math
Years
Taught
Biggest
Century
Applications
I have been lucky to find very good collaborators who have taught me a lot, have introduced me to several new fields of mathematics, or have shown me new insights.
Terence Tao
Mathematics
Good
Me
Several
Collaborators
Introduced
Find
Insights
New
Been
Lot
Very
Taught
Fields
Who
Lucky
Shown
The standard high school curriculum traditionally has been focused towards physics and engineering. So calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra have always been the most emphasized, and for good reason - these are very important.
Terence Tao
Good
Physics
School
Important
Engineering
Algebra
Focused
Has-Been
High
High School
Good Reason
Emphasized
Towards
Most
Calculus
Equations
Always
Been
Linear
Very
Curriculum
Standard
Reason
Differential
Can you make fancy patterns of water that actually have some computation power? I'm betting that fluids are complex enough to do this.
Terence Tao
You
Water
Power
Enough
Complex
Some
Computation
Betting
Make
Fancy
Patterns
Actually
Math research is more like a marathon.
Terence Tao
Research
More
Like
Math
Marathon
A lot of the math that I do, it's not sort of premeditated. I talk online or with a colleague, and I get interested, and I just follow where it leads.
Terence Tao
Colleague
Follow
Online
Leads
Talk
Sort
Math
Lot
Get
Just
Where
Interested
Most of what I do does not save lives.
Terence Tao
Most
Does
Lives
Save
I was never very good at school with... humanities... anything which was more a matter of opinion.
Terence Tao
Good
School
Matter
Humanities
More
Never
Opinion
Very
Anything
Which
It was traditional to not actually cash the prizes that Erdos did award while he was alive. People usually framed the cheque instead.
Terence Tao
People
Framed
Alive
Cash
He
Instead
Cheque
Traditional
Prizes
Did
While
Award
Actually
I often don't know what I'll be working on next year or a year from now. There is often a chance meeting, or something that I worked on 10 years ago suddenly becomes important again.
Terence Tao
Important
Year
Meeting
Something
Know
Becomes
Years
Years Ago
Often
Again
Worked
Next
Working
Next Year
Suddenly
Now
Chance
I think one nice thing about mathematics is that we don't really have one prize that dominates all the others, like the Nobel prizes.
Terence Tao
Mathematics
Nice
Think
Others
About
Nobel
Like
Prize
Prizes
Really
Nice Thing
Thing
The accuracy of Wikipedia can be dodgy in some places, but in maths, it's really quite good.
Terence Tao
Good
Wikipedia
Some
Maths
Accuracy
Quite
Places
Really
I still remember the realization in college at Flinders University in Australia that mathematics was not just an abstract game of symbols but could be used as a tool to analyze and understand the modern world.
Terence Tao
Mathematics
Game
World
Remember
College
Tool
Analyze
Could
Abstract
Understand
Still
Australia
Modern
Just
Modern World
Realization
Used
Symbols
University
I tend to change research direction every few years or so.
Terence Tao
Change
Few
Research
Every
Direction
Tend
Years
Research sometimes feels like an ongoing TV series in which some amazing revelations have already been made, but there are still plenty of cliff-hangers and unresolved plotlines that you want to see resolved. But unlike TV, we have to do the work ourselves to figure out what happens next.
Terence Tao
Work
You
Sometimes
Amazing
Made
Research
Resolved
Unlike
Plenty
Ourselves
Out
TV
TV Series
See
Some
Ongoing
Unresolved
Feels
Like
Revelations
Still
Been
Want
Happens
Which
Next
Figure
Series
If there is something that I should know how to do but don't, it bugs me. I feel like I have to sit down and work out exactly what the problem is.
Terence Tao
Work
Me
Problem
Sit
Down
Out
Exactly
Exactly What
Something
Feel
Like
Know
Bugs
How
Work Out
Should
I recall being fascinated by numbers even at age three and viewed their manipulation as a kind of game.
Terence Tao
Game
Age
Three
Kind
Being
Manipulation
Viewed
Fascinated
Even
Recall
Numbers
Most students who take math classes aren't going to be mathematicians. They're going to be engineers, statisticians - in many ways, that's the more important mission of math education.
Terence Tao
Education
Important
Ways
Classes
More
Take
Students
Mission
Most
Math
Mathematicians
Going
Engineers
Who
Many
I don't have any magical ability. I look at a problem, play with it, work out a strategy.
Terence Tao
Work
Problem
Strategy
Out
Ability
Magical
Look
Any
Work Out
Play
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