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How a World-Famous Mathematician Overcomes Mental Blocks

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 14, 2023 • 3 min read

Australian-American mathematician Terence Tao has taken on some of the most baffling problems known to humankind—and he’s won. In the process, he’s been part of major advances in his field and sparked lifesaving innovation. His work in number theory and quantum mechanics has solidified his reputation as one of the most powerful minds on the planet, all while opening countless eyes to the beauty, artistry, and universal relevance of mathematical thinking. Here, you’ll learn several of the ways he breaks through mental blocks.