Are you familiar with the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth? It’s one of various pieces of evidence that seems to suggest that intelligence measured by standardized tests does predict mathematical performance, and that this doesn’t hit diminishing returns. I was wondering if you had data to back up the argument that there’s a certain ability threshold beyond which talent stops being important.

]]>I just read this post. A sort of genius who is a famous mathematician is saying that you do not have to be a genius to do maths. Dude, when will you maths people simply acknowledge how hypocrite you are? If this was written by a very very (sort of) modest mathematician then it would maybe mean something. But coming from one dude who wins almost all the maths awards?? It is like Roger Federer writes: dont need to be a genius to be a tennis star. Then a guy with modest tennis talent puts all his life for tennis, becomes maybe the world number 100000000000000 in tennis, gain maybe a dollar a year from his “tennis talent” and send some hate notes to (poor) Federer.

Dude, do your maths, win your awards (until here good for you) but PLEASE kindly do NOT annoy “normal” people by giving them some false hope.

Cheers mate though!

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