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# Friday math movie: Math Prodigy Terence Tao, UCLA

By Murray Bourne, 24 Jun 2011

According to the intro to this video on the "best mathematician in the world today":

Terence Tao was a seven year-old high school student when he began taking calculus classes. By age 20 he had received a Ph.D. from Princeton and joined the UCLA faculty. In 2006 he won the Fields Medal in Mathematics and a MacArthur "genius" grant. Watch Tao talk about how he approaches problem-solving.

The background music is (mostly) Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Mozart, of course, was a brilliant music prodigy and Tao has been called the "Mozart of Math".

His UCLA page, showing the subjects he has taught.

Wikipedia's article on Terence Tao, which points out his Australian roots.

His blog, What's new

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