Fascinating autobiographical interview about the life of a mathematician!

## Savilian Professor Nigel Hitchin reflects on his life in mathematics

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Fascinating autobiographical interview about the life of a mathematician!

“For the first 27 years of his life, the mathematician Ken Ono was a screw-up, a disappointment and a failure. At least, that’s how he saw himself. The youngest son of first-generation Japanese immigrants to the United States, Ono grew up under relentless pressure to achieve academically. His parents set an unusually high bar. Ono’s father, an eminent mathematician who accepted an invitation from J. Robert Oppenheimer to join the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., expected his son to follow in his footsteps. Ono’s mother, meanwhile, was a quintessential “tiger parent,” discouraging any interests unrelated to the steady accumulation of scholarly credentials.

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https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160519-ken-ono-mathematician-inspired-by-ramanujan/

by Torgunn Karoline Moe, PhD in mathematics, working as subject librarian in the http://thesiswhisperer.com/2014/05/07/you-can-survive/

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