Think video games and what comes to mind? Kids or teens with electronic devices locked into a screen. But guess what? The average age of gamers is 35. Twice as many adult females play as male gamers under 18. And people over 45 are the fastest-growing group of gamers. Who knew?
Unlike other academic fields, mathematics is notorious for being a young thinker's game. G.H. Hardy, in his 1940 book The Mathematician's Apology, ticked off a list of great math whizzes from Isaac Newton to Carl Friedrich Gauss and noted that they all made their most important discoveries in their 20s. He concluded, gloomily (and famously):
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