Twin Prime HeroOctober 3, 2013
I just read this wonderful interview with Tom Zhang, who made recent, important progress on the Twin Prime conjecture.
It’s a strange, quiet interview, and a lovely departure from the world of the fame-obsessed. Another thing I like: he emphasizes the love and the persistence. Here’s how the interview ends:
What would you say to a young student who wants to solve a problem?
Keep going. Do not easily give up.
Where do you suggest they find the motivation?
The most important motivation is to really love mathematics.
Is this a person who would be a hero to young people? I don’t know. Should he be? I think I can say with confidence that he doesn’t need the adulation or admiration of anyone. Isn’t that something we should look for in a role model?