There is no question on both the intelligence and competence in mathematics for most students/users here in Brilliant. But as I pursue my career as a teacher (teaching mathematics), I figured out already several issues underlying children's giftedness and that includes social and emotional breakdown as they seek more knowledge about the particular discipline they like most. The symptoms associated with this are obsession and frustration.
Lets take for example Ted Kaczynski. He was a child prodigy in mathematics. Kaczynski excelled academically, but found the mathematics too simple during his sophomore year. Sometimes he would cut classes and write in his journal in his room. During this period of his life, Kaczynski became obsessed with mathematics, spending prolonged hours locked in his room practicing differential equations. Throughout secondary schooling, Kaczynski had far surpassed his classmates, able to solve advanced Laplace transforms before his senior year. He was subsequently placed in a more advanced mathematics class, yet still felt intellectually restricted. Kaczynski soon mastered the material and skipped the eleventh grade. With the help of a summer school course for English, he completed his high school education when he was 15 years old. He was encouraged to apply to Harvard University, and was subsequently accepted as a student beginning in 1958 at the age of 16. While at Harvard, Kaczynski was taught by famed logician Willard Van Orman Quine, scoring at the top of Quine's class with a 98.9% final grade.
Kaczynski graduated from Harvard University in 1962, at age 20, and subsequently enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he earned a PhD in mathematics. Kaczynski's specialty was a branch of complex analysis known as geometric function theory. His professors at Michigan were impressed with his intellect and drive. "He was an unusual person. He was not like the other graduate students", said Peter Duren, one of Kaczynski's math professors at Michigan. "He was much more focused about his work. He had a drive to discover mathematical truth." "It is not enough to say he was smart", said George Piranian, another of his Michigan math professors. Kaczynski earned his PhD with his thesis entitled "Boundary Functions" by solving a problem so difficult that Piranian could not figure it out. Maxwell Reade, a retired math professor who served on Kaczynski's dissertation committee, also commented on his thesis by noting, "I would guess that maybe 10 or 12 men in the country understood or appreciated it."
Despite of his fruitful careers and pure mathematical intelligence, at the later part of his life was spent behind bars. He was imprisoned for bombing structures and killing people. He was aliased as UNABOM (UNiversity and Airline BOMber). He was anti-social and Neo-Luddist (anti-technological thinkers). For more infos.....
This time I would not ask more about mathematics. As a future techer I am concerned on how other aspects of human such as social and spiritual are also developed aside from the mental and cognitive aspects. There is no more question with regards to your mental capability but the question here, how's your attitude, how you interact with other people, do you still feel being a normal person?
Please don't take it as a negative connotation, but I am just willing to know what are your stands for this.