Dr Terence Tao, 31, is a fast-rising star in the mathematics world. He did some of his groundbreaking work on compressed sensing with a colleague, Dr. Emmanuel Candès, while dropping their respective kids off at the same preschool. He won both the Fields Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship last year.
Tao's dad explained to the NY Times how they raised such a math prodigy successfully:
A 2-year-old Terry Tao used toy blocks to show older children how to count. He was quick with language and used the blocks to spell words like “dog” and “cat.”Tao may have learned counting from The Street, but, he sure didn't learn propositional logic from the Times.
“He probably was quietly learning these things from watching ‘Sesame Street,’ ” said his father, Dr. Billy Tao, a pediatrician who immigrated to Australia from Hong Kong in 1972. “We basically used ‘Sesame Street’ as a babysitter.”
There's a ton of work to be done in this field, I'll start with one example, affirming the consequent, or The Sesame Street Fallacy:
Terry Tao was babysat by 'Sesame Street.'More widely applicable, I think, is The Sesame Street Conjecture:
Terry Tao won a MacArthur genius grant at 31.
My child is being babysat by 'Sesame Street.'
Therefore, my child will receive a MacArthur.
For any child, c, when the age, acNext up: The Baby Einstein Theory of Special Relativity.
or the number, nc, => 1,
the parent's required rationale, Rp, for parking them in front of "Sesame Street" approaches zero.
Journeys to the Distant Fields of Prime [nyt via dt reader elysia]