I have read stories of "late bloomers" who retrain and manage to establish a successful career in other disciplines, but does it happen in mathematics, specifically in pure mathematics?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

As an outsider, I don't really have much experience or knowledge of how things work in this discipline: the clichÃ© I have in my head is that of kids who start early and are being put on extremely ambitious advanced programmes, but am not sure if this is the whole truth.

I know if someone started to learn the piano at the age of 14 they would have no chance of becoming a concerts pianist, but they could probably be a good jazz musician, composer, or teacher.

Is and early start of more importance in some areas maths than others?

thanks :)

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# Math Is a career in mathematics only for early starters?

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