182 more wordsI find the reality of mathematical research today—in which progress is obtained naturally and cumulatively as a consequence of hard work, directed by intuition, literature, and a bit of luck—to be far more satisfying than the romantic image that I had as a student of mathematics being advanced primarily by the mystic inspirations of some rare breed of “geniuses.” This “cult of genius” in fact causes a number of problems, since nobody is able to produce these (very rare) inspirations on anything approaching a regular basis, and with reliably consistent correctness…

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#### The drawbacks of genius

#### A Hint of Genius

Quoted from the most recent National Geographic Magazine on “Genius”. Terence dismisses his label as a “genius” and instead believes that his work is based off of “hard work, directed by intuition, literature, and a bit of luck.” I would add dedication to that list too, if it was me. 177 more words

#### The World's Best Mathematician

- Research style: both Collaborative à la “PolyMath” Project & “Lone Wolf” à la Andrew Wiles (“The Fermat’s Last Theorem”), G. Perelman (“The Poincaré Conjecture”) or Zhang Yitang 张益唐 (“70-million Gap in Twin Primes”) 66 more words

#### Vài nét về phương trình Navier-Stokes

Bài viết cho tạp chí Epsilon số 13 (số cuối) Tháng 2/2017.

**Giới thiệu.** Phương trình Navier-Stokes là một trong những phương trình quan trọng nhất của Vật lý. 162 more words

#### Johann Kepler and how planets move

Kepler’s Laws of planetary motion follow very smoothly from Newton’s Law of Gravitation. Very little tough mathematics is needed for the proofs, it can actually be done with ordinary differential calculus and some knowledge on path integration. 2,341 more words

#### Top 6 Smartest People in the World

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Garry Kasparov

Although he lost a game of chess against the computer, he is one of the most intelligent people in the world. 33 more words

#### Top 6 Smartest People in the World

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Garry Kasparov

Although he lost a game of chess against the computer, he is one of the most intelligent people in the world. 33 more words