Wiskunde komt met de jaren

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When I was in the sixth grade,” Châu confided, “I was not particularly interested in mathematics.” He lacked discipline. “I was in a very new-style school. We were free to do whatever we want.”

And what did he want? Well, not mathematics. Not yet.

When an opportunity came to join a gifted class, Châu leapt at it—but failed the entrance test. “I thought I was very good,” he remembers. “I was not.”

Dit was het begin van de carrière van een van de winnaars van de Fields Medal (zeg maar, de Nobelprijs voor de Wiskunde), Ngô Bảu Châu. Hij had dus een wat langzame start. Dat het toch nog (meer dan) goed met hem gekomen is, kunt u in dit interview lezen.