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>"Grothendiek was tired of math
>He was doing 12hours of math a day, 7 days a week, for 20 years"
If anyone did this much math, they would basically be genius-tier, no? I think people are impressed by mathematical ability without realizing it just takes a lot of hardwork.
If a regular kid played the violin or chess for 12hours a day, for 20 years, he'd be among the best in the world...no surprise there.