
No mathematician should ever allow him to forget that mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man's game. ... Galois died at twentyone, Abel at twentyseven, Ramanujan at thirtythree, Riemann at forty. There have been men who have done great work later; ... [but] I do not know of a single instance of a major mathematical advance initiated by a man past fifty. ... A mathematician may still be competent enough at sixty, but it is useless to expect him to have original ideas.
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