How do you define a mathematical gifted person?

1. Dec 8, 2007

racer

Hello there

How do you define a mathematical gifted person? Is it a person who solves
everything in math? How do you measure someone's giftness? I know some
math geniuses and I was amazed how they can think and how far they go but
sometimes I solve things they try to solve but couldn't which really made me think of that.

Anyone has an opinion on that?

Thanks

2. Dec 13, 2007

EnumaElish

Someone with a slow, deep intuitive sense. I have read a mathematician being described as "someone with an inherently lazy mind."

3. Dec 13, 2007

mgb_phys

4. Dec 13, 2007

Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
I object to the fact that physicists are one point less than mathematicians. :grumpy:

5. Dec 13, 2007

morphism

bwahahahaha

6. Dec 13, 2007

Math Jeans

This brings up the question of whether "nerd sniping" is considered murder or no?

7. Dec 14, 2007

GleefulNihilism

As someone who's both I say it makes sense, because physicists are easier targets. The mathematician in me wanted to go find pencil and paper to find a general form of the answer.

8. Dec 14, 2007

Ben Niehoff

Dammit, what is the equivalent resistance...