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Off Topic: Fields medalist Alessio Figalli and Zometools (article is a nice read & isn’t about Zometools)

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The photo that Quanta Magazine use has Alessio Figalli posing with a model made with Zometools.

From the article https://www.quantamagazine.org/alessio-figalli-a-mathematician-on-the-move-wins-fields-medal-20180801

““For me it was always a balance between how good a grade I could get and how much time I had to spend to get such a grade,” he said. “I was always an optimizer, I wanted the best for the least effort.”

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Figalli had a taste for science, but his parents wanted him to study the classics, and he went along with this willingly.

“I said: ‘Why not?’ Usually there are more girls in a classics high school than a scientific high school, so that was another selling point,” he said.

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“I like drawing pictures. I get an intuition of what’s going on and I can easily catch what are the key issues,” he said.

It takes a lot of different traits to be a successful mathematician — technical skill, ingenuity, an ability to persevere under great uncertainty. Figalli has a generous helping of each of these, but what stands out most about him is his disposition: He doesn’t seem weighed down by mathematics.”

 

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On ‎8‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 12:44 PM, Arcadia said:

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Figalli had a taste for science, but his parents wanted him to study the classics, and he went along with this willingly.

“I said: ‘Why not?’ Usually there are more girls in a classics high school than a scientific high school, so that was another selling point,” he said.

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Love it - this kid ain't no dummy!  ?

But my DS had more female friends at his B&M Charter Science HS than guy friends. The school was about 50/50. 

Observation: More of the female students went Pre-med versus the males in the last couple of years (while my son was attending).

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