Are there examples of modern, influential mathematicians who did not show unusual mathematical talent before college? Because today it seems like the field is pretty much closed off to college freshmen first encountering abstract mathematics, no matter how much fascination and interest they develop, because there are so many kids who have already put in thousands of hours in high school (like IMO medalists).(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

A sort of related question: to what extent does the 10,000 hour rule apply to the field of research math?

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# How smart were mathematicians in high school?

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