George Berzsenyi is not a popular figure. I’m quite sure you have not heard of him. I haven’t heard of him either. But his success is not found in fame. His success is found in the thousands of lives he has touched. He has mentored a lot of high school students in the subject of math, and they loved him for it. He is, for the students, the main reason for their love of math.
Read the testimonies of these once protégés now turned the best scientists and mathematicians of America, as Joe Palca interviews them.
Teachers really are influential people.
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