QuoteOriginally posted by: prasenjit0211QuoteOriginally posted by: ThinkDifferentthe thing about tricky questions is that this ability alone is not sufficient to become a good scientist/quant etc. try solving problems from international math olympiad. most professors will end up scratching their heads for hours while 15 y.o. kids manage to get a perfect score solving every single problem.....i have no idea how they do it...some of those kids are just amazing. i try to solve some of the problems every year, and very rarely succeed. usually end up frustrated and depressed lol however while many of them do not end up as great mathematicians, quite a few end up getting Fields medal e.g. Perelman got perfect score at IMO, Smirnov (who got fields medal this year) got perfect score TWICE, Terence Tao was the youngest gold medal recipient etc.I think Maths Profs could answer all these IMO questions without fail.) absolutely not. every year, right after problems are out, Terence Tao tries to tackle some of the most interesting problems in his blog. sometimes it ends up in quite a big names mathematicians collectively brainstorming the problems on that blog. only very few of them are able to provide a solution. solving IMO problems requires a quite peculiar talent/skills.....having a PhD, years of teaching, and knowing riemann-roch theorem will not help
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