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I just read a nice http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13prof.html?em&ex=1174017600&en=7859399ad981a6cd&ei=5087
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Terence Tao.In summary, the conversation discussed an article about mathematician Terence Tao, who is known for his work in problem solving and has achieved many accomplishments at a young age. The article mentioned Tao's view on building knowledge like a pyramid, with a strong base leading to a stable top. Some participants in the conversation also shared their own experiences with learning and problem solving in math. One member recommended Tao's book "Solving Mathematical Problems: A Personal Perspective."

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Not good enough for your opinion, tho? :tongue:Ratzinger said:

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interesting to read that article

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I walk by his office every day. Haven't ever seen him, though.

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“I had a pyramid model of knowledge, that is, a very broad base and then the pyramid can go higher. If you just very quickly move up like a column, then you’re more likely to wobble at the top and then collapse.”

That is a very true analogy!

Whatever my shape is, it is not easily described in elementary equations :P I have very strong bases in some areas of math, and just average in others, not to mention my shape isn't very tall yet. Some sort of sqiggle i have...

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Very true indeed.Gib Z said:Very very interesting article. I particularly enjoyed this:

“I had a pyramid model of knowledge, that is, a very broad base and then the pyramid can go higher. If you just very quickly move up like a column, then you’re more likely to wobble at the top and then collapse.”

That is a very true analogy!

A good principle of "how to work ".

Tell that to Tom1992.Maybe he will learn something.

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Not to mention, he seems to be able to recall factual knowledge etc etc, but can't make relevant deductions from them. I used to have that problem as well, and it comes from reading and reading tonnes, but not bothering to do the exercises assuming they will come naturally from your reading knowledge! Sure you get through the book faster, but you don'lt learn much.

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smart people... what can I say...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_tao

youngest guy ever in international mathematical Olympiad. I doubt if I can even do one of the easiest problem in Olympiad right now...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_tao

youngest guy ever in international mathematical Olympiad. I doubt if I can even do one of the easiest problem in Olympiad right now...

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Some of the problems in the Olympiad are relativly easy, as in, I can barely do the easiest ones :D

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interesting to read that article

What is the name of this book?

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eprjenkins said:What is the name of this book?

solving mathematical problems: a personal perspective

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