# Terence Tao

Australian-American mathematician

**Terence "Terry" Chi-Shen Tao** (simplified Chinese: 陶哲轩; traditional Chinese: 陶哲軒; pinyin: Táo Zhéxuān) (born 17 July 1975, Adelaide), is a Chinese Australian mathematician.

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## Quotes

edit*Solving Mathematical Problems* (2nd ed., 2006)

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- Understand the problem. What kind of problem is it? There are three main types of problems:

‘Show that ...’ or ‘Evaluate ...’ questions, in which a certain statement has to be proved true, or a certain expression has to be worked out;

‘Find a...’ or ‘Find all...’ questions, which requires one to find something (or everything) that satisfies certain requirements;

‘Is there a ...’ questions, which either require you to prove a statement or provide a counterexample (and thus is one of the previous two types of problem).- Ch. 1 : Strategies in problem solving

*What Is Inquiry-Based Learning?* (2017)

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- The objective in mathematics is not to obtain the highest ranking, the highest score, or the highest number of prizes and awards; instead, it is to increase understanding of mathematics (both for yourself, and for your colleagues and students), and to contribute to its development and applications.
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*On requests for career advice*

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- Relying on intelligence alone to pull things off at the last minute may work for a while, but generally speaking at the graduate level or higher it doesn't. One needs to do a serious amount of reading and writing, and not just thinking, in order to get anywhere serious in mathematics.
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## External links

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- ↑ Dana C. Ernst, Angie Hodge, Stan Yoshinobu (2017). "What Is Inquiry-Based Learning?" (pdf).
*Notices of the AMS***64**(6): 570-574. Retrieved on 2018. - ↑ http://www.math.ucla.edu/~tao/advice.html