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Terence Tao – A Mathematical Genius 

Terence Tao is an Australian-American mathematician who has worked in several fields of mathematics. He specializes in harmonic analysis, partial differentiation, algebra, arithmetic combinatorics, geometry, probability, compressed sensing, and analytical number theory. 

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Early life

Tao was born on 17 July 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia. His parents were immigrants from Hong Kong and settled in Australia in 1972.  His father was a doctor and his mother was a secondary-school mathematics teacher. Tao showcased extraordinary mathematical abilities since childhood and attended university-level courses at the age of 9. Tao is the youngest contestant to this date in the International Mathematical Olympiad. He participated in the competition at the age of 10. He participated in years 1986, 1987, and 1988 and went on to win a bronze, silver, and gold medal. 

Mathematics genius 

By today, he has won numerous awards and honors for his extraordinary work in the field of mathematics. He is well known for the Green-Tao theorem, compressed sensing, Tao’s inequality, horn conjecture, Cramer and Callatz conjecture, uncountable Moore-Schmidt theorem and more.  

Tao is a recipient of the 2006 Fields Medal. In 2014, he won the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. He is the author and co-author of more than 270 research papers.   He is the second Han Chinese descent and first Australian to win the Fields medal.  Tao is married and his wife, Laura, is an electrical engineer at NASA. They live in Los Angeles, California with their son and daughter William and Madeleine. He holds the James and Carol Collins chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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“I enjoy a good meal, a good vacation, or a good movie, much as anyone else would.”― Terence Tao

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“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

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“Talent is important, but how one develops and nurtures it is even more so.”― Terence Tao


“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


“I was never very good at school with… humanities… anything which was more a matter of opinion.”― Terence Tao


“Math research is more like a marathon.”― Terence Tao


“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


“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


“Mathematicians are fairly cheap.”― Terence Tao


“What interests me is the connection between maths and the real world.”― Terence Tao


“It is very humbling to receive the Fields Medal. The words of a Fields Medallist carry a lot of weight within mathematics – for instance, in framing future directions of research – which means that I have to watch what I say more carefully now!”― Terence Tao


“I remember having this vague idea that what mathematicians did was that some authority, someone, gave them problems to solve, and they just sort of solved them.”― Terence Tao


“When you’re concentrating hard, hours can fly by, and it’s just you and a math problem.”― Terence Tao


“When I was growing up, I knew I wanted to be a mathematician, but I had no idea what that entailed.”― Terence Tao


“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


“Most of what I do does not save lives.”― Terence Tao

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“I always liked numbers.”― Terence Tao

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“I always liked situations where there were very clear rules of what to do.”― Terence Tao


“You want to get to the top of the cliff. But that’s not what you focus on immediately. You focus on the next ledge just beyond your reach, because you need to do one clever thing to get up there. And then, once you get there, you do it again. A lot of this is rather boring and not very glamorous. But you can’t jump cliffs in a single bound.”― Terence Tao


“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


“When I was seven or eight, whenever I was getting too rowdy at night, my parents would give me a maths workbook to work on to quieten me down.”― Terence Tao


“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


“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


“The accuracy of Wikipedia can be dodgy in some places, but in maths, it’s really quite good.”― Terence Tao


“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


“In 1992, when I was 16, I moved to the United States to start working on my Ph.D. at Princeton University in New Jersey.”― Terence Tao


“My life is more than just my work. I am a husband and a father and a proud citizen of two countries: my homeland of Australia and my adopted country here in the United States.”― Terence Tao


“I tend to change research direction every few years or so.”― Terence Tao

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“One can think of any given axiom system as being like a computer with a certain limited amount of memory or processing power. One could switch to a computer with even more storage, but no matter how large an amount of storage space the computer has, there will still exist some tasks that are beyond its ability.”― Terence Tao


“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


“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


“I recall being fascinated by numbers even at age three and viewed their manipulation as a kind of game.”― Terence Tao


“I am still very fond of Australia, but my life is now in Los Angeles.”― Terence Tao


“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


“If I experiment enough, I get a deeper understanding.”― Terence Tao


“If I don’t understand something properly, every single component, it really bugs me.”― Terence Tao


“I don’t like accepting things at face value.”― Terence Tao


“There might be a hidden structure in pi that we simply haven’t discovered.”― Terence Tao


“For me, I guess the main motivation is the satisfaction of finally understanding some tricky mathematical concept or phenomenon and then explaining it to others.”― Terence Tao


“I don’t have any magical ability. I look at a problem, play with it, work out a strategy.”― Terence Tao

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