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**Accoun**
I had a friend like that in high school. He often was reading some 1000+ pages math books (the one I took a look at was actually well-written and if I had actually read it entirely instead of some random pages, maybe I'd even understand some of it ;-)) on school breaks. He was one of the youngest (if not THE youngest) member of Polish Mensa and even gave a lecture about 4-dimensional geometry on some elite Young Mathematicians' Congress.

Also an awesome guy in person. :-) Wonder what he's doing now, haven't seen him since I graduated from high school...

Pfft. 4-dimensional geometry.

It sounds really cool, but it's actually nothing more than a bit of trig and algebra, with the only added difficulty that you can't imagine what's going on any more. All you can do is model it mathematically.

In truth, math is not that difficult if you've got a talent for it, and the willingness to study. If you're recently talented (which I am) and willing to study it in your free time (which I am not) then you have all it takes to become a so called prodigy.