The stereotype, outmoded though it is, is that new mathematical discoveries emerge from the minds of dewy young geniuses. But Zhang is over 50. What’s more, he hasn’t published a paper since 2001. Some of the world’s most prominent number theorists have been hammering on the bounded gaps problem for decades now, so the sudden resolution of the problem by a seemingly inactive mathematician far from the action at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford came as a tremendous surprise. -I'm no mathematician, but it's nice to read that someone that is OVER 27 achieved this. I'm tired of the "under 30" crap. I'm making more interesting art now than I did when I was younger and I'd imagine that many scientists are doing more interesting work in their later career than their earlier.
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: 1571 days ago