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#1 2007-03-18 19:18:16

justlookingforthemoment
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Meet the Mozart of Maths

I read this in The Age (a Melbourne newspaper) today (Monday, 19 March 2007), about Terence Tao. I thought the questions at the questions at the end were interesting, which Terence answered correctly at age 8.

Meet the Mozart of Maths

Okay, this probably isn't really that cool, but I wanted to share ...

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#2 2007-03-18 19:30:48

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

i find it interesting he must be very smart (even though i've never heard of 'im)

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#3 2007-03-19 01:46:17

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

Very interesting article. I'm a bit confused about one of those questions at the questions at the end though.

They ask "How many triangles are there?" and he comes up with the apparently correct answer of 8. What's going on there?

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#4 2007-03-19 06:05:46

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

wish I was a math prodigy..

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#5 2007-03-19 09:34:10

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

He says: "... a future project will be to teach non-mathematicians how to think mathematically - a skill useful in everyday tasks like comparing mortgages ...", that is the kind of thing we do everyday on this forum

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#6 2007-03-19 09:48:14

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

LOL!!! Isn't mozart a composer like beathoven (lugwig van)
and is wolfgang mozarts first name

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#7 2007-03-19 11:49:58

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

lightning wrote:

LOL!!! Isn't mozart a composer like beethoven (ludwig van)
and is wolfgang mozarts first name

Believe it or not, Mozarts original first name was not Wolfgang, but Johannes.

He was christened Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Not surprisingly, he found it too long; so he shortened his first names to Wolfgang Amadeus (also replacing the Greek Theophilus (meaning God lover) with the Latin equivalent).

Why did Mozarts parents gave him that awkward name on his birth? Well, maybe they were psychic and foresaw that their son was going to make a big name for himself.

There. Thats just some off-topic trivia for you.

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#8 2007-03-19 14:06:54

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

I am educated!

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#9 2007-03-21 19:26:37

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

Jane, that was interesting.

mathsyperson wrote:

They ask "How many triangles are there?" and he comes up with the apparently correct answer of 8. What's going on there?

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#10 2007-03-21 19:55:58

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

and 8 is the correct answer.

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#11 2007-03-21 19:57:49

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Yes, it is 8...

Umm, that wasn't hard to figure out. Anyone could do that. Maybe people give other people too much praise these days...

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#12 2007-03-25 01:24:37

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Jane that was WOW i've never been so enter rested in composers in my life!

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#13 2019-12-10 15:24:06

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

Devantè wrote:

Yes, it is 8...

Umm, that wasn't hard to figure out. Anyone could do that. Maybe people give other people too much praise these days...

It's not hard for us adult to figure that out. 8 years olds, however, most likely answer 4.

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#14 2019-12-10 16:09:47

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Re: Meet the Mozart of Maths

justlookingforthemoment wrote:

I read this in The Age (a Melbourne newspaper) today (Monday, 19 March 2007), about Terence Tao. I thought the questions at the questions at the end were interesting, which Terence answered correctly at age 8.

Meet the Mozart of Maths

Okay, this probably isn't really that cool, but I wanted to share ...

Certainly interesting!

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