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Genius and the MindStudies of Creativity and Temperament$
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Andrew Steptoe

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.001.0001

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Mathematical giftedness and mathematical genius: a comparison of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan

Mathematical giftedness and mathematical genius: a comparison of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan

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(p.110) (p.111) Chapter 6 Mathematical giftedness and mathematical genius: a comparison of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan
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Genius and the Mind
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Robert S. Albert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.003.0006

The chapter analyses the difference between people who are gifted, talented, and those who make great professional achievements, and those rare self-launched people who defy definitions and well-worked out assumptions. The childhood and early life of two mathematicians, G. H. Hardy (1877–1947) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887–1929) of the first quarter of the eighteenth century are cited and compared. Results show that career transitions follow three ages in life namely, The Age of Discovery, The Age of Ascent, and The Age of Consolidation. The Age of Discovery (from birth to fourteen years) involves the early signs of giftedness and talent, and their identification. The Age of Ascent (fifteen to twenty years of age) is the period during which the domain of a child's giftedness or talent clearly appears, along with evidence of its power and final dimensions. The Age of Consolidation (from twenty to thirty) is the period during which budding eminence takes a clear form (perhaps with early publications) and becomes public.

Keywords:   mathematical genius, gifted people, talented, professional achievement, self-launched people, G. H. Hardy, Srinivasa Ramanujan

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