Yesterday there was a interesting story in the NYT Science Times, the section that no one but my Dad reads. It’s about Dr. Terence Tao, a math professor at UCLA whose specialty is prime numbers (I had no idea what Dr. Tao was talking about, by the way. Maybe I should start watching the show Numb3rs.) A few fun facts about the Tao Master:
“By age 2, he had learned to read. At 9, he attended college math classes. At 20, he finished his Ph.D.”
“Last summer, he won a Fields Medal, often considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and a MacArthur Fellowship, the “genius” award…”
“Colleagues have teasingly called Dr. Tao a rock star and the Mozart of Math.”
But here’s what I really love about this dude. When asked about his recent rocket to fame (Tao’s only 31. Bet you feel lame. I know I do.), he replied:
“You start getting famous for being famous,” Dr. Tao said. “The Paris Hilton effect.”
Now that’s what I call humility.
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