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    Inside Terry Tao’s Extraordinary Mind

    I love seeing people set high standards with great ideas and enthusiasm. This profile of Tao, arguably the greatest mathematician of his generation, got my attention because he doesn’t just have a gift; he’s also realizing his potential in impressive ways, having won the International Mathematical Olympiad at age 10 and later the Fields Medal. Now 40, Tao’s work on various mathematical theories have colleagues clamoring for his help, and he’s breaking the stereotype of an anti-social genius by showing that collaboration and improvisation are keys to invention.

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