Mystery:Was Charles Fefferman Homeschooled?

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Charles Fefferman was a Princeton University mathematics professor who is considered one of the finest American mathematicians ever[1] He supposedly mastered calculus before the age of 12, despite its inaccessibility to schoolchildren that age.[2]

He enrolled in college after spending only one year at Takoma Park Junior High, where he may have had trouble fitting in, a familiar criticism of homeschoolers.[3][4]

Was Fefferman homeschooled?

No[5]

References

  1. Fefferman was the youngest professor ever granted tenure, and won the coveted Fields Prize before age 30.
  2. http://scidiv.bcc.ctc.edu/Math/Fefferman.html
  3. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GTAletters/message/18110
  4. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GTAletters/message/18103
  5. Personal communication:
    cf@math.princeton.edu to me
    Dear Mr. Nash,
    This isn't exactly a "quick response", but the answer is that I wasn't home-schooled.
    Charlie F
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